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Michael Crawford opens Home from Home at Sheffield Children's Hospital

Added: (Fri Apr 06 2001)

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Michael Crawford opens Treetop House

Michael Crawford, President of The Sick Children's Trust, officially opened Treetop House, on 30th March, 2001. The house is a ‘Home from Home’ provided by The Sick Children's Trust for families whose children are receiving treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Treetop House, situated on the hospital’s roof-top, cost 800,000 to build and will cost over 22,000 each year to run. The Sick Children's Trust receives no government funding, relying solely on voluntary donations to provide its invaluable service. Their network of ‘Homes from Home’, provides family members with all the comforts of home, so they can lead as normal a life as possible in terribly stressful circumstances. Says Niesha Helliwell, Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s Deputy Chief Nurse: ‘When a child is admitted to hospital, it creates a huge amount of stress and disruption to the family unit. This can be compounded further when the child is particularly ill or when the family has to travel long distances to visit the child. Treetop House allows us to offer families the opportunity to be resident on the hospital site. This will reduce the impact that hospitalisation has on these families. We are very grateful to The Sick Children's Trust for helping us to improve the services we offer here at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.’

President of The Sick Children's Trust, Michael Crawford, understands the pressures families face when a sick child is treated in hospital. Memories of his own childhood illness provided more than sufficient motivation for Mr Crawford to take on the presidency of the national charity – a role he has retained for over 15 years. ‘I wasn’t seriously ill but these children are, and they need the love of their parents and siblings around them throughout their treatment,’ said Mr Crawford.

Mr Crawford’s followers too, clearly understand the importance of supporting sick children and their families – since he became President, his fans have generated over 200,000 for The Sick Children's Trust. In appreciation for his long-term support, Michael Crawford was presented with a unique gift – an SCT t-shirt autographed by all the children staying in Treetop House.

The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 with the aim of ensuring that families need never be separated when a child is battling a serious illness. Each year over three thousand families are able to stay in one of eight ‘Homes from Home’ across the UK, safe in the knowledge that they are only a few minutes’ walk from their sick child’s bedside.





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