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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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