Steve attends The Walton Centre as 'Home from Home' Appeal reaches £200k(October 17, 2013)
An appeal to build relatives’ accommodation at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has raised £200,000 in less than a year.
Ten months after the launch of the Home from Home Appeal, hospital fundraisers and supporters are almost halfway to their target of £500,000.
The Home from Home Appeal aims to reach their £500,000 target in order to pay for eight ensuite bedrooms for relatives who want to stay near loved ones undergoing treatment in the hospital. The appeal will also pay for extra facilities for specialised rehabilitation patients, including a sitting area, a laundry and kitchen area, therapy gardens and gym equipment.
The largest donation has come from the family of teenager Leah Davies, who died in a road accident in summer 2012. The Davies family have raised £44,000 through their Love Leah Appeal, with a series of events and sponsored challenges.
In recognition of their support, Leah’s name will be given to one of the eight bedrooms in the relatives’ accommodation.
Steve said: “The response to the Home from Home Appeal has been fantastic and I commend those who generously donated their money. I would also like to give a special thanks to the family of Leah who have raised a remarkable sum of money through the Love Leah Appeal.
This initiative is going to provide future patients and their families with a unique facility which will provide a sense of comfort in such circumstances.”
Fundraisers have until December 2014 to raise £500,000 for the relatives’ accommodation. A second phase of fundraising will then begin, to raise a further half a million pounds towards extra facilities in a new, specialised rehabilitation unit.