Homes from Home
CLIC Sargent Homes from Home provide free accommodation for children, young people and their families near major cancer treatment centres.
The Scottish Homes from Home, Cruachan House in Glasgow and CLIC Villa in Edinburgh, have moved/are moving in 2015 and 2018 respectively because the hospitals they serve, Yorkhill in Glasgow and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children, are relocating.
CLIC Sargent hopes to continue to provide free accommodation near the new hospitals with the support of the Crerar Trust who have pledged £1.2 million towards the appeal.
CLIC Sargent is calling on Scotland’s fundraisers to reach the £425,000 target in order to complete its overall £3.3 million campaign to build the new home in Edinburgh - a new haven for children and young people with cancer. The charity is planning to open the doors in 2018, to provide vital free accommodation for young patients and their families near the re-sited Royal Hospital for Children and Young People. Families can face an average round trip of 56 miles every day just to get treatment in Edinburgh, but CLIC Sargent’s homes give them somewhere to stay, cook meals and spend time together.
As fundraising partner the Crerar Trust has pledged to double the money raised by matching any donations to make the funding reach the total.
CLIC Sargent’s current Home from Home, CLIC Villa, has supported thousands of families since it was opened in 1997. More than 300 families have stayed at the house over the last two years, many for several months.
CLIC Sargent chief executive Kate Lee said: “We know that hundreds of young lives are going to be struck by cancer in the coming years and CLIC Sargent is dedicated to being there for every one of them. That is why this new Home from Home in Edinburgh is so vitally important.
“A cancer diagnosis means normal life stops for the child or young person, and their family. Treatment is gruelling and often happens many miles from home. This new home will be a welcoming, calm place where families can concentrate on being together and relax away from the wards.
“We are so close to hitting our fundraising target and want to thank all of our supporters and donors for their help in completing this project. We are hugely grateful to the Crerar Trust for offering to double public donations. We can’t wait to open the doors of the new home.”
Paddy Crerar said: "Crerar Trust is delighted in every way to support CLIC Sargent. Their tireless work makes a massive difference to countless families struggling with the physical and emotional effects of cancer and its treatment.”
“Crerar Hotels has its heart in the Highlands of Scotland and we know that many of the families who have been helped by the CLIC Sargent Home from Homes are Highland families. It is great for our folk in the hotels to see their hard work and efforts helping people in their own communities as well as those from throughout the whole of Scotland. Of course, it only works because our customers keep coming back, for which we are truly grateful. I hope our customers can be as proud as we are that together we have been able to help CLIC Sargent through our Charitable Trust, quite frankly, because of their patronage.”
“It's been totally humbling to discover how many families have used these Homes from Home, while living through such an unimaginable challenge. It's impossibly tough for the kids who have to fight cancer, but the whole family is affected and that’s why doing something to help a whole family is so important.
“Everyone involved with Crerar Hotels and our charitable Trust has been inspired by the courage of the families that find themselves battling this terrible disease. The help CLIC Sargent gives them is priceless - we wish them all the very best and we look forward to continuing our support whenever we can.”