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Taylor Wimpey donates £10,000 to The Sick Children’s Trust

Press Release   •   Aug 04, 2017 09:01 BST

John Murphy, managing director for Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, with Laura Leverton from The Sick Children's Trust

Taylor Wimpey has donated a cash boost of £10,000 to its charity of the year, The Sick Children’s Trust.

The homebuilder raised the cash with various fundraising drives, including hosting its highly-anticipated annual May ball, which collected £3,000 towards the final amount.

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive at The Sick Children’s Trust, comments: “When a child is seriously ill in hospital, they need their family by their side. Taylor Wimpey have made this a possibility for hundreds of families across Yorkshire and beyond who have a sick child undergoing lifesaving treatment. With their generous donation of £10,000, The Sick Children’s Trust will keep families together by supporting them with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support.

“In Yorkshire, we currently have three ‘Homes from Home’ supporting families with seriously ill children undergoing treatment at Leeds General Infirmary and Sheffield Children’s Hospital, so on behalf of every family we support, we’d like to say thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their generous donation.””

The Sick Children’s Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child’s recovery. The charity currently runs ten ‘Homes from Home’ across the UK, supporting up to 146 families every night, 365 days a year. It costs the charity £30 to support a family for one night.

John Murphy, managing director for Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, comments: “The Sick Children’s Trust is a fantastic charity that does amazing work. We are so delighted that we could offer it our full support, and would like to thank everyone at Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire who helped to raise this significant sum of money.

“We hope that this money will help the charity to continue to support the families of sick children across the region.”

Information on Taylor Wimpey developments across the region is available by calling 01924 241 500 or by visiting www.taylorwimpey.co.uk.

The Sick Children’s Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas. They believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery.

Today we have ten ‘Homes from Home’ at major hospitals around the country where families can stay free of charge, for as long as they need whilst their child is undergoing treatment. 

Every year we help around 3,500 families, but there is a growing demand for our ‘Homes from Home’ as children must increasingly travel long distances to get the specialist treatment they need. 

We are working to a future where every family with a seriously ill child in hospital will be able to stay together, just minutes from their child’s bed during their treatment.

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