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I had only just started to look pregnant when my baby girl arrived 106 days early. After spending four months in hospital we finally took her home this week just in time for Christmas.

I had only just started to look pregnant when my baby girl arrived 106 days early. After spending four months in hospital we finally took her home this week just in time for Christmas.

News   •   Dec 10, 2018 16:08 GMT

Will and Vicky Simpson stayed with us at Stevenson House after Sophia was born at 24 weeks gestation weighing just 1lb 10oz. She overcame many challenges during the initial few weeks of her life and was transferred to Broomfield Hospital, closer to home, at just eight weeks old. Miraculously her parents took her home for the first time last Wednesday, which is where they will celebrate Christmas.

I’m so proud of my little heart warrior and can’t wait for our first Christmas at home as a family. But we’ll never forget The Sick Children’s Trust’s support at Christmastime last year.

I’m so proud of my little heart warrior and can’t wait for our first Christmas at home as a family. But we’ll never forget The Sick Children’s Trust’s support at Christmastime last year.

News   •   Dec 10, 2018 12:40 GMT

Mum Stacey wasn't able to spend Christmas Day with her newborn daughter Olivia, but thanks to Scott House, Olivia's Dad was with her, ensuring that she didn't wake up on her first Christmas morning alone.

We can’t wait to celebrate a worry free Christmas with the twins this year, excited that in just a few months they will be welcoming their new baby brother or sister into the world!

We can’t wait to celebrate a worry free Christmas with the twins this year, excited that in just a few months they will be welcoming their new baby brother or sister into the world!

News   •   Dec 04, 2018 16:19 GMT

Ruby Price went into labour just 23 weeks into her pregnancy and was rushed to from Southend Hospital to The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge where she gave birth five days later. Leighton weighed 1lb 6oz and Lola only 1lb 2oz. Doctors warned the traumatised parents that there was a strong chance they would lose both babies. Miraculously, against all odds, they pulled through!

Grateful parents share story to thank charity for ‘Home from Home’ at carol service

Grateful parents share story to thank charity for ‘Home from Home’ at carol service

News   •   Nov 30, 2018 12:09 GMT

Mark and Poppy Dean will share their story to over 700 people at The Sick Children's Trust's Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 12 December. Mark and Poppy were supported at Chestnut House when their son, David, was rushed to The Rosie Hospital at just a few hours old. The couple will join a celebrity line-up featuring Alan, Carr,

With the support of The Sick Children’s Trust, it’s possible for a child in hospital not to wake up alone on Christmas morning.

With the support of The Sick Children’s Trust, it’s possible for a child in hospital not to wake up alone on Christmas morning.

News   •   Nov 29, 2018 09:44 GMT

Jessica was born at just 27 weeks and spent nearly three months in hospital before she was discharged home – eight days before her due date. Her parents, Alison and William, were supported at Crawford House while Jessica was treated at newcastle's RVI..

When we were told our daughter might never walk again, we needed a space away from the hospital to come to terms with it.

When we were told our daughter might never walk again, we needed a space away from the hospital to come to terms with it.

News   •   Nov 29, 2018 09:34 GMT

Esmae suddenly became seriously ill just a week before Christmas and within days had lost movement in her entire body. She was diagnosed with a rare disease called transverse myelitis, which was causing inflammation of her spinal cord and swelling on her brain. Esmae spent the entire of Christmas in hospital, but didn’t wake up alone on Christmas morning because of Magnolia House.

If it wasn’t for Eckersley House, our hospital experience would’ve felt so different.

If it wasn’t for Eckersley House, our hospital experience would’ve felt so different.

News   •   Nov 26, 2018 13:13 GMT

Imogen was born with a rare condition known as Poland syndrome, which effects very few children and is characterised by the webbing of the fingers and underdevelopment of chest muscle. As a result, Imogen has undergone two major surgeries at Leeds Children's Hospital during which time her parents have been supported at Eckersley House.

In the middle of the night, when I couldn’t sleep, I was able to express and take milk up to Leo on the ward and would sit with him so he knew he wasn’t alone.

In the middle of the night, when I couldn’t sleep, I was able to express and take milk up to Leo on the ward and would sit with him so he knew he wasn’t alone.

News   •   Nov 20, 2018 11:02 GMT

After a very long labour baby Leo suffered from a pneumothorax when he took his first breath. He required lifesaving treatment at The Rosie Hospital, an hour away from the family's home. His parents and older brother, Jenson, stayed in Chestnut House for five days whilst he recovered and Leo made it home when he was 12 days old. He turned one year old in May this year.

World Prematurity Day 2018

World Prematurity Day 2018

Press Releases   •   Nov 12, 2018 13:17 GMT

On 17 November 2018 The Sick Children’s Trust is joining other leading children’s charities in the global movement to raise awareness of preterm birth and take action on behalf of the 15 million babies born early every year.

Crawford House is like a warm blanket wrapping itself around families with seriously ill children in hospital.

Crawford House is like a warm blanket wrapping itself around families with seriously ill children in hospital.

News   •   Nov 10, 2018 10:40 GMT

Christine Coombes has been the House Keeper at Crawford House for 22 years and today is saying goodbye to the much-loved house.

£30 will make a family’s Christmas Wish come true

£30 will make a family’s Christmas Wish come true

News   •   Nov 09, 2018 14:16 GMT

Heart Radio DJ Sian Welby is backing The Sick Children's Trust's Christmas appeal. Read what she's got to say here.

Family and friends to ‘Run for Sophie’ and raise thousands in her memory

Family and friends to ‘Run for Sophie’ and raise thousands in her memory

News   •   Nov 08, 2018 16:39 GMT

A group of friends who have already raised over £12,000 are taking on the adidas Fulham 10km city run to raise even more money for The Sick Children’s Trust in memory of three year old Sophie Pokorny who tragically passed away at the end of the summer.

Pumpkin Pie Childcare pop on pyjamas to raise money for seriously ill children

Pumpkin Pie Childcare pop on pyjamas to raise money for seriously ill children

News   •   Nov 07, 2018 09:38 GMT

Children at Pumpkin Pie Childcare took part in our annual fundraiser, Pyjama Party, and raised over £200! Find out all about their Pyjama Party here.

​I remember the first night I stayed in Stevenson House I hardly slept. Knowing Isla was so close was comforting and I wanted to be with her all the time, but I also knew I needed to rest so I could be strong for my baby.

​I remember the first night I stayed in Stevenson House I hardly slept. Knowing Isla was so close was comforting and I wanted to be with her all the time, but I also knew I needed to rest so I could be strong for my baby.

News   •   Nov 06, 2018 18:40 GMT

Ashley went into labour just 24 weeks into her pregnancy and was rushed to her local hospital. Unable to stop the labour, doctors delivered twin girls, Esme and Isla. Tragically, Esme was stillborn, but Isla had a faint heartbeat and was rushed up to the neonatal intensive care unit before being transferred over to London a few hours later for lifesaving treatment.

Grateful grandma walks miles for charity to celebrate baby granddaughter beating cancer

Grateful grandma walks miles for charity to celebrate baby granddaughter beating cancer

News   •   Nov 06, 2018 14:11 GMT

Grandma Donna has raised over £800 by organising a sponsored walk to thank The Sick Children's Trust for supporting her family whilst her granddaughter was fighting cancer.

We could give Nathan a kiss every morning and night while he fought for his life because of Crawford House

We could give Nathan a kiss every morning and night while he fought for his life because of Crawford House

News   •   Nov 05, 2018 15:53 GMT

At a week old, Lana's son, Nathan, was unexpectedly rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle when he started to struggle to breathe. On arrival, he deteriorated and was put into an induced coma. For three weeks his parents were supported at Crawford House while Nathan battled for survival.

The Sick Children’s Trust launches ‘My Christmas Wish’ appeal

The Sick Children’s Trust launches ‘My Christmas Wish’ appeal

Press Releases   •   Nov 01, 2018 00:01 GMT

No child should wake up on Christmas Day without their family by their side. That’s why charity The Sick Children’s Trust is asking the nation to dig deep to support families with seriously ill children in hospital this Christmas, by donating £30 to keep them together in free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation.

Even though we were in hospital over Christmas, we could still spend the day together as a family.

Even though we were in hospital over Christmas, we could still spend the day together as a family.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:59 GMT

Paul Foster talks about his experience of spending Christmas at his daughter's hospital bedside when at just three months old she needed major heart surgery. Read his story and watch 'My Christmas Wish' to find out the impact our 'Home from Home' had on his family.

If it hadn’t been for Chestnut House, we would’ve had to sleep in the car or make a two hour journey every day.

If it hadn’t been for Chestnut House, we would’ve had to sleep in the car or make a two hour journey every day.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:35 GMT

Meet the Jones family, who were supported at Acorn House. Little Jenson was starved of oxygen at birth and needed specialist treatment at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Katie and Jay share their experience with us in support of our Christmas appeal, My Christmas Wish.

This time last year things didn’t look good for Noah, but this Christmas he is thriving and we will be celebrating at home with close friends and family.

This time last year things didn’t look good for Noah, but this Christmas he is thriving and we will be celebrating at home with close friends and family.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:05 GMT

Mum Tina shares her experience of what its like to have a child in hospital over Christmas as part of our appeal. It costs £13,230 for us to run our ten 'Homes from Home' over the Christmas period to support families like Tina and Noah.