The team at King Square have recently taken part in a Big Chocolate Tea Event on site to raise money and awareness for The Sick Children’s Trust.
The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 with the belief and commitment that keeping families together significantly improves the recovery of seriously ill children. They provide free, high quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support to families with sick children in hospital in the UK. Guilford Street House opened in 1990 and supports families with sick children receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital. It helps approximately 250 families every year and is only minutes away from Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Sarah Clark, senior resident liaison officer at King Square said, “I recently visited the manager at The Guildford Street House to see for myself the great work they do and was blown away by the commitment, service and accommodation they provide. Its not just a place to stay when your child is undergoing care in Great Ormond Street, its also provides much needed support for families in a stressful and upsetting situation.”
Often families are many miles from home and have the stark choice of finding the money for an expensive central London hotel, or leaving their child to return home. Hospital often only have space for one parent to stay but Guildford Street House provides a vital facility where a whole family can stay together – mums and dads, brothers and sisters – just minutes from the children’s wards. There is no charge to the family for this accommodation, although it costs the charity £30 to support a family for one night.
Sarah continues, “This is such a worthwhile charity which relies entirely on voluntary donations and we are pleased to have raised funds for them through our Big Chocolate Tea event. We are now looking to visit Guildford Street House again, this time with items we have bought for them from their wish list.”