After last year we all know how difficult Christmas can be when we’re separated from our loved ones, which is why so many of us will be looking forward to spending time together over this festive period.

For families with a seriously ill child in hospital however I know they will be facing the reality of another Christmas apart from their loved ones.

No parent with a child in hospital should have to worry about how they can be with them on Christmas Day. You can make sure they have a place to stay close to their child’s hospital bedside by supporting our 12 Days of Togetherness appeal.

A lot of us will be looking forward to our old traditions this Christmas. Whether that’s watching your favourite Christmas films, eating indulgent food or seeing the joy on your family’s faces when they receive that one present they really wanted. Christmas looks different for families with a seriously ill child in hospital, but a £30 donation to The Sick Children’s Trust will give them the only thing they want this year. To be able to stay just minutes away from their child’s bedside so they can still make special Christmas memories.

Imagine having to sleep in your car in winter or travelling an average of 90 minutes to be with your seriously ill child. You can give parents a warm and comfortable place to stay in one of our ten ‘Homes from Home’.

The Sick Children’s Trust, has supported over 2,000 families in our ‘Homes from Home’ this year, even with the extra pressures and challenges that Covid-19 has brought with it. On average families will stay with us for 14 nights while their children are in hospital and with your support we can keep even more families together over the Christmas period.

We want to bring all families together this Christmas and by supporting our 12 Days of Togetherness appeal you will make sure that all families can enjoy some quality time together this year.

Donate £30 today by visiting sickchildrenstrust.org

Jane Featherstone

Chief Executive at The Sick Children’s Trust