Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Council Staff Help Chairman Choose Third Charity

South Cambridgeshire District Council's new Chairman has chosen a third charity to fundraise for over his two-year tenure after asking council staff for suggestions on who they would like to support.

The Sick Children’s Trust received the most nominations from South Cambridgeshire District Council staff, and has been added to Cllr David Bard’s charitable causes alongside the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes.

The Sick Children’s Trust is the longest-serving charity providing ‘Home from Home’ accommodation in the UK. It currently runs eight houses offering free accommodation where families can stay close to their sick child’s bedside, just minutes away from paediatric wards. Two of these are based in Cambridge; Acorn House based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Chestnut House in the new Rosie Maternity Hospital extension.

Both houses offer private bedrooms with telephones linking families directly to the wards, as well as communal kitchen and living facilities. The ‘Homes from Home’ have high occupancy rates and often have waiting lists for rooms.

Cllr Bard said: “This is an excellent charity to support and I would like to thank staff for all of the suggestions that came forward, showing just how community-minded they are. I am very proud that we will be supporting The Sick Children’s Trust - and Acorn and Chestnut Houses in particular - helping them to continue to help families at a time when help is so essential.”

Jane Featherstone, Head of Fundraising for the charity said “We are delighted that Cllr David Bard has chosen to support The Sick Children’s Trust. With his help, we will be able to support many more families that are going through a difficult time and ensure that they can stay together close by to their sick child in hospital. Many families have to travel long distances so their children can receive specialist treatment in hospital, so having ‘Home from Home’ accommodation is essential to them.”