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Our History
1982
  • The Sick Children's Trust is founded by Dr Jon Pritchard & Professor James Malpas, two paediatric specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

1984
  • Rainbow House opens to support Great Ormond Street Hospital with accommodation for eight families.

1987
  • Michael Crawford becomes President of The SCT.

1990
  • Guilford Street House opens to support Great Ormond Street Hospital with accommodation for six families.

1993
  • Eckersley House opens to support St James's Hospital, Leeds with 15 bedrooms.

1996
  • Crawford House opens to support The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with accommodation for 16 families.

1999 
  • Hugh Stevenson retires as Chair and is succeeded by Stephen Catlin.

2000 Acorn House opens to support Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge with 9 bedrooms

2001
  • Treetop House opens to support Sheffield Children's Hospital with 12 family bedrooms.

2003
  • Stevenson House is opened by Hollywood actress Minnie Driver to support The Royal London Children’s Hospital with accommodation for 12 families.

2006
  • Acorn House extension opens to support Addenbrooke’s Hospital adding six more family bedrooms allowing 15 families to be accommodated every night.

2007
  • The Sick Children’s Trust celebrates its 25th Birthday.

2008
  • The Sick Children’s Trust identity is re-branded.

2009
  • Newcastle’s Crawford House extension opens, adding seven further bedrooms; the house can now accommodate 23 families every night.

2009
  • The Big Move fundraising appeal is launched to raise £1.8million to move Eckersley House from St James's Hospital to the LGI following the move of children's services.

2010Our new Eckersley House based at the Leeds General Infirmary opens on 1st July accommodating 22 families per night.

2011
  • Stevenson House extension opens to support The Royal London Children’s Hospital adding four more family bedrooms, making 16 in total.

2012
  • Our eighth 'Home from Home' Chestnut House opens at the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge which will support 300 families every year.

2012
  • We celebrate our 30th anniversary, having supported more than 40,000 families since we were founded.

2013
  • We 'break ground' at our 'Home from Home' appeal at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
  • Magnolia House, our ninth 'Home from Home' and our second at Sheffield Children's Hospital, opens to families. 

2014
  • Our President Michael Crawford is awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours, in recognition of his contribution to charity.
  • We celebrate the 30th Anniversary or Rainbow House, our very first 'Home from Home' with a special evening event attended by supporters past and present.
  • Ant & Dec and Alan Shearer officially open Scott House, our tenth 'Home from Home' at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. The new house will support families with children being treated on the Children's Heart Unit.
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