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Mayor of Cambridge pays special visit to Acorn House

News   •   Dec 23, 2015 09:48 GMT

Families staying at The Sick Children’s Trust’s Acorn House and Chestnut House were greeted by two very special guests today, Robert Dryden Mayor of Cambridge and wife Sandra as they thanked the charity for its hard work.

The Sick Children’s Trust, which supports the families of sick children undergoing treatment in Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie, provides free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation so the family can stay together and support each other throughout their child’s illness.

Acorn House, which supports Addenbrooke’s Hospital, this year celebrated its 15th Anniversary where President Michael Crawford CBE joined families in thanking the charity for its vital support. The Cambridge Fundraising Committee celebrated their own milestone at the same time, as they had reached an incredible fundraising total of £570,000 over the 15 years. Following this celebration, the Mayor of Cambridge came to personally thank staff and meet families over tea and biscuits. Patsy Glazebrook, who organised the visit as Vice President of the Cambridge Fundraising Committee, says:

“It’s been a pleasure having Mr and Mrs Dryden visiting both our ‘Homes from Home’ today. Having their support means so much to the charity as the more awareness we can raise of the brilliant service it provides to many families in Cambridgeshire and much further afield, the more families with sick children we can help.”

Acorn House Manager, Sandra Peckham, says:

“Our families really loved meeting Mr and Mrs Dryden today – it was great to show them the houses and the work we do here in Cambridge. For many of our families, they live miles away from the hospital, so being with their child would simply not be possible without Acorn House or Chestnut House.”

The Sick Children’s Trust has ten ‘Homes from Home’ across the country and last year it helped over 3,600 families. It costs the charity £28 per night to support a family. Next February, Acorn House and Chestnut House will be hosting a fundraising event ‘Boogie Nights’ to help with the running of the both ‘Homes from Home’.

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