My girls are my world. If they were ever taken to hospital, I would do whatever I could to be there with them. At Treetop and Magnolia Houses we make that possible for families. We make it possible for them to be together.
I have met many families over the years whose stories have stayed with me. The thing about working here in our ‘Homes from Home’ is that you go through every emotion. You go on the journey with the families that stay here and you become their support network. It can be hard not to take work home with you, but I am very lucky that for all the time I have worked here I have had an incredible team supporting me. We allow each other the space to talk and offload which is important – it builds resilience and self-preservation.
Since I started working here, we have doubled the capacity to support families with little ones at Sheffield Children’s Hospital which is incredible. We have gone from 12 family bedrooms at one ‘Home from Home’ to 24 bedrooms across two. In that time we have grown as a charity, we employ more people and have as a result been able to help more families.
My job is so much more than a job. It is something that I carry with me wherever I go. My family and friends are all involved – my daughters have helped with hosting bun sales and my husband comes to events with me. It is a great charity and I am so proud to work for it. Our ‘Homes from Home’ really do make hospital life that little bit easier, I see that every day. All families want is to be with their child and that’s what we make possible.
Ann Wyatt, House Manager at The Sick Children’s Trust’s Treetop and Magnolia Houses