Being together is important to everyone, particularly at Christmas. Unfortunately, for some families who have a very sick child, this isn’t always possible. Many families who have a child with a life threatening illness have to deal with the separation of some family members at home and some at the hospital. This is where Rainbow Trust wants to make a difference this Christmas.
We want families to spend Christmas at home together. We need to raise £11,000 so that our Family Support Workers can take families to and from the hospital for important tests and treatments, meaning that they won’t have to spend unnecessary nights in hospital this Christmas.
Year on year Rainbow Trust has seen an increase in the number of families asking for help so we know there are even more families who need your help this Christmas.
Chloe, pictured above, was just five years old when she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour growing behind her eye. It was causing her to lose her sight. She was told she needed surgery to remove the eye, or chemotherapy to shrink the tumour. Chloe didn’t want to lose her eye so chose the chemotherapy.
Because her mum or dad don’t drive they were reliant on hospital transport, which sometimes left before Chloe’s treatments had finished and she’d have to spend the night in hospital. Thankfully they were introduced Marlene, a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker. Marlene provides transport support for the family so that Chloe can be at home with her family and doesn’t have to spend another unnecessary night in hospital.
We hope you will be able to donate to our ‘Helping Hands Appeal’ and help us to reunite more families this Christmas. Thank you.