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Showing support for the families of sick children

Capital Space Chelmsford staff raising money for the Sick Children's Trust
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Capital Space Chelmsford staff raising money for the Sick Children's Trust
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

Every year, each Capital Space business accommodation centre across the South East chooses a charity to support. For 2019, the team at Chelmsford Waterhouse Business Centre have chosen The Sick Children’s Trust, a charity that holds value close to home for our Deputy Manager, Jeanenne Murray-Brown.

The Sick Children’s Trust

The Sick Children’s Trust, is a charity which provides support for families with sick children, allowing them to stay together during hospital admissions. Their mission is to provide free, high-quality home-from-home accommodation as well as emotional and practical support to families with sick children in hospital.

“The Sick Children’s Trust helped us put a roof over our heads”

The charity was chosen after Jeanenne had first-hand experience with their services: “The Sick Children’s Trust and Chestnut House have a very fond place in my heart personally as they helped home my husband and me when my daughter Evie-Rose was born. She was born in Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford; within a few hours she was whisked off to the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge as she was very sick. As I am sure you can imagine, our lives were turned upside down. I was stuck in a hospital far away from my new-born daughter and my husband was left on his own in unfamiliar surroundings with a very poorly baby, with no family or friends nearby.  When we were at the worst possible time in our lives The Sick Children’s Trust helped us put a roof over our heads and the stressful time was eased with their help.”

Our way of showing support

In April, the staff at Waterhouse Business Centre ran a fundraiser, raising over £300 for the charity. Centre manager, Sharon Dodson said: “Thanks to the fantastic support and help of our customers, we raised £344 through our raffle and donations of money. Although we knew our customers would rise to the challenge, we were all totally overwhelmed with the kindness and support they gave."

As well as raising money, the Waterhouse team asked if there were any practical ways they could show support for the Trust. They suggested the Capital Space team could help by providing basic necessities for families to use. These would go towards facilities at their houses across London and Acorn House in Cambridge, which has 15 comfortable beds, modern family bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, communal dining area, laundry facilities, a playroom and a garden for families to use.

In response, Waterhouse Business Centre ran a Swap Shop, where customers could buy cakes and treats in exchange for necessities such as shower gels, soaps, toothbrushes, bleach, tea bags, crayons and a myriad of other products. The results were astounding and the staff at Acorn House were delighted: “We want to say a big thank you. This will make a massive difference to families with sick children by providing them with the basic things they need whilst they are here," remarked Hayley Peckham, Assistant Manager.

Charity begins at home – that’s why we’re delighted to have done a small bit to support The Sick Children’s Trust who played such a vital role during one of our team’s greatest time of need.

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