Friends of The Sick Children's Trust

Friends of The Sick Children's Trust

Become a Friend of The Sick Children's Trust by giving a regular monthly donation.

Become a Friend of The Sick Children’s Trust by giving a regular monthly donation. Our wonderful Friends are making sure that we can continue to keep families with a seriously ill child in hospital together and we are so grateful for each and every one of them.

As a Friend of The Sick Children’s Trust, you’ll receive bespoke updates on how your valuable support is making a difference for families. We would love to have you in our group of Friends, so join today by setting up your regular donation.

Why become a Friend of The Sick Children’s Trust?

Every day, children are admitted to hospital with a serious condition, illness or injury that means they need hospital treatment, sometimes far from their home. Often families don’t know how long their child will be in hospital for and hospitals don’t have the facilities to offer families of seriously ill children somewhere to stay.

That’s where The Sick Children’s Trust helps. We provide families with a comfortable place to stay and friendly ear to listen in our ‘Homes from Home’, just minutes from their sick child’s hospital bed, giving them one less thing to worry about. By becoming a Friend of The Sick Children’s Trust, you’re ensuring we can continue to keep families with a seriously ill child in hospital together.

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How our Friends are making a difference

Utility bills

Utility bills

£5 could go towards paying utilities, keeping families warm and ensuring they can have a hot shower at the end of a long day.

Bedding for parents

Bedding for parents

£10 can help us provide pillows, duvets and sheets so parents can have a comfortable night sleep in our ‘Homes from Home’.

Dedicated Staff

Dedicated Staff

£15 could go towards paying for our dedicated staff’s time, so they can provide support to families when they need it most.

One nights stay

One nights stay

£30 is the gift to a family of a free, warm and comfortable place to stay near their sick child and a friendly ear to listen.

Helping families like Isaac's

Helping families like Isaac's

Isaac has always been very active and social, but in November 2020 he fell ill and was constantly vomiting. Scans revealed that there was issue with Isaac’s heart. His left chamber wasn’t pumping and his whole body was suffering. He was put on the heart transplant list and in the meantime has been fitted with a ventricular assist device (VAD), which is an electric powered heart pump that works with the heart to improve blood flow. Isaac and his parents, Emma and David, lived in our self-contained flat at Scott House.

“Having Scott House has given David and I a chance to live with Isaac on our own, while doing the jobs of changing his dressings and giving him his medications. We have been able to absorb it all and take care of Isaac which has built our confidence up massively. The thought of leaving the ward and going straight home was frightening but seeing the hospital just across from Scott House is a huge comfort”. Emma Sidaway, Isaac’s Mum

 

Meet some of our Friends of the Sick Children's Trust

Andy and Jacqui Fone

Andy and Jacqui Fone

“The Sick Children’s Trust is so much more personal than other children’s charities. You really are making a difference to families during some of the most difficult times of their lives, bringing some comfort to them by supporting their stay in a ‘Home from Home’.

Not only that, but our regular donation helps The Sick Children’s Trust plan for their future so that they can keep families together. It’s a great thing to be part of.”

Alinde and John Leonard

Alinde and John Leonard

“We have been a Friend of The Sick Children’s Trust for five years now and we are happy to have given families with a seriously ill child in hospital a bit of normality in what must be an incredibly challenging time. Keeping the whole family together in the charity’s ‘Homes from Home’ gives them one less thing to worry about, which is a wonderful thing to be part of.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I become a Friend of The Sick Children’s Trust?

By becoming a Friend of The Sick Children’s Trust and giving a monthly donation, you’re helping us to plan for our future. Regular donations give us an income we can rely on and helps us to keep families with sick children together.


Where will my regular donation go?

Your donation will go towards supporting thousands of families with a free, warm and comfortable place to stay while their seriously ill child is in hospital.


How else can I support the charity?

There are many ways to support The Sick Children’s Trust, you could fundraise by taking part in a challenge such as a marathon or run your own event such as a bake sale or get your company involved by asking them to nominate us to be their Charity of the Year.

(please follow current government guidelines on social distancing)

Fundraising information

You could leave a gift in your will or give a gift in celebration of a wedding or birthday

Other ways to donate


What is Gift Aid and how will it make my donation go further?

Gift Aid allows us to claim an extra 25% on your regular gift as tax relief from the government at no cost to you. If you are a UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Taxpayer, please be sure to read the Gift Aid declaration and tick the box when signing up to become a Regular Giver.


Have a question we haven’t answered?
If you would like to talk about giving a regular gift please contact Jenni Immanen at jenni.immanen@sickchildrenstrust.org

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