The Sikh Arts and Cultural Association's (SACA) 'home from home' will provide a home for families of children and young people with cancer, on-site of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
QEHB is the largest centre for paediatric radiotherapy outside of London, and one of the most technically advanced radiotherapy departments in Europe.
Many families travel a significant distance so that their children can undergo treatment at QEHB. Unfortunately, due to a lack of affordable, appropriate accommodation, patients and their families are not always able to share a physical and emotional closeness during periods of extended hospital treatment.
With hundreds of children every year receiving treatment at the hospital, there is certainly a need for a 'home from home' for patients' families.
SACA's 'home from home' will provide a place for families to stay, just a five-minute walk from the hospital where their loved ones are being treated. Families will be able to use the home, free of charge, for any length of time, enabling them to remain close to their children whilst they are treated.
The importance of family support during a period of illness is well recognised; what is not so often appreciated is that a strong bond between a patient and family can be a crucial factor in the success of a treatment.
QEHB Charity is extremely pleased to launch this new project in association with SACA, to provide an essential 'home from home' for families of children and young adults receiving cancer treatment here at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Would you like to fundraise with the SACA team? To take part in their annual charity bike ride, please visit www.charitybikeride.com.
For more information please contact Laura Power on 0121 371 4852.