Caring for a sick child in hospital is a scary and lonely experience. Being apart from family, sometimes for the first time, is extremely difficult. Your regular routine as a parent or carer feels a world away as you face extraordinary circumstances in hospital.
You may arrive on the ward without notice, have other children who need you, be in an unfamiliar setting, haven’t brought any basic essentials, want someone to talk to.
We are here to help.
Our vision is for every family supporting a child with a life threatening diagnosis at Leeds Children's Hospital to receive hands-on charitable support.
Specifically, we want to provide practical and emotional support to parents and carers via two Family Support Workers, employed by the charity.
We are working directly with the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust to enable this.
Our core values
Equality: Supporting all families fairly. Our commitment to equality is at the heart of everything we do.
Individuality: Recognising children and their families as individuals, being flexible and respectful in our approach.
Transparency: Being honest, cost efficient and accountable to give confidence in the work we do.
Courage: Advocating change, raising awareness and facing challenging circumstances.
How we make a difference
We provide practical, financial and emotional support to patients and their wider families as we recognise the huge strain and uncertainty arising from having a sick child.
By working with ward staff and other charities we can help alleviate some of the challenges of being, or supporting, a long stay in-patient.
How you can make a difference
As a charity we rely 100% on the kindness and generosity of others - individuals, groups and organisations.
There are many ways in which you can support our charity and get a sense of real satisfaction from supporting families facing challenging times.
Whether you want to fundraise, donate or support initiatives like our 'Saturday Suppers', please get in contact.