Our Impact

Thanks to our supporters and fundraisers, we help families whose children are facing a long hospital stay far from home.

We saved each family £1,660

in out-of-pocket accommodation and meal expenses in 2018

78p from every pound donated

is spent on running and developing Houses

We operate from 11 NHS hospitals

With more developments planned for the future


checked into our Houses in 2019



have stayed with us in the UK in the last 30 years, since 1989

Impact of your donation

As an independent charity, we rely on the support and generosity of our volunteers, fundraisers and donors to keep 6,000 families close to their sick children in hospital each year.

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The need for accommodation at NHS hospitals

“Dedicated facilities should be available for parents and carers who will live in the hospital environment frequently and for long periods of time. For the majority, maintaining a routine that is as close as possible to the one that they experience at home is essential.”

NHS Estates,

Hospital accommodation for children and young people (2004)

Helping parents to cope

“Going to the House gives parents the time away to process their own emotions and deal with how they are feeling. This helps mitigate anxiety, uncertainty and negative coping strategies that are often experienced by parents, all of which are factors associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Franck et al.,

Medical Care Research and Review (2015)

Read our Annual Report for more information:

Costs of having a child in hospital

A study among the parents of children in neonatal care** found that premature babies spent on average eight weeks in hospital and in that time, parents spent an average of £282 each week, or £2,252 over the whole stay, on food, travel, parking and accommodation.

A report on cancer costs for young people*** found that 61% of parents built up debt during their child’s cancer treatment. Travel costs, car–related costs, energy bills and food were the most common financial worries.

**Bliss 2013 study highlighting the economic costs of having a baby in neonatal care
***CLIC Sargent report on childhood cancer


“As Isabel was recovering, she was able to come over to the House during the day to spend time with us away from the hospital ward. We were finally together again, all four of us. It was an amazing feeling to be able to just have dinner together, watch a movie or relax on the sofa – just like a normal family again.”




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