I was very pleased to announce in 2006 that I had decided to support Crawford House, the Sick Children's Trust's Home from Home at the RVI, Newcastle by donating £10,000 from NEPAC. You can see in the photograph that I was so lucky to meet and present the cheque to a great North East hero, Alan Shearer.
It is wonderful to know that families can all be together to support their child when undergoing treatment. It is so important that children have their families around them at this time. The support NEPAC gives is through the sponsorship of a family bedroom in George's memory. I know that George would have been so pleased to know that the charity can help children in this way.
Crawford House, The Sick Children’s Trust’s ‘Home from Home’ at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle opened in 1996 and was extended in 2009. Since then, the house has played a vital role in the lives of families with seriously ill children. Situated within the hospital grounds on Queen Victoria Road, Crawford House is only minutes away from the Royal Victoria Infirmary and has been specially designed to ensure access for those with disabilities. Crawford House has 23 private family bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a large communal dining area, a well stocked playroom, a shared living room and full laundry facilities. There are also direct telephone lines in all of the family bedrooms linking them to the hospital wards so that families can be contacted immediately in the event of an emergency.
Crawford House is open 365 days a year and can accommodate 23 families a night. Rooms are allocated to families on a first come, first served basis and are offered to families completely free of charge. Crawford House is funded solely by voluntary donations from individuals, companies and charitable trusts to provide this valuable service to sick children and their families. It costs £30 to support a family for one night.
For more information visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org