24 hours 2 Le Mans was created to support The Sick Children’s Trust. It believes that every family with a seriously ill child in hospital should be able to stay together, so parents are just minutes from their child’s bed during treatment. The trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists, who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment significantly improves a child’s recovery.
Today, The Sick Children’s Trust provides free, high quality home-from-home accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, to families with sick children in hospital in the UK.
The longest-serving charity to provide this kind of home-from-home accommodation, it currently has ten houses offering clean, comfortable accommodation where parents can stay close to their sick child’s bedside. It’s constantly looking for opportunities to extend its geographical coverage and improve its existing facilities in light of changes in paediatric care.
On average, two million children in the UK need hospital treatment each year. Every day, children are diagnosed with serious and life-threatening illnesses or have terrible accidents that leave them fighting for life. They often have to be transferred to specialist hospitals far from home to receive critical medical treatment. Life for their whole family is suddenly thrown into complete turmoil.
The Sick Children’s Trust works with the hospitals, supporting them in their role and providing complementary support to families. They help to alleviate some of the emotional and financial strains at a very stressful time, providing an essential service free of charge for up to 146 families every night, 365 days a year.
Whilst staying at one of the trust’s houses is free of charge, its costs around £28 to provide a bedroom for one night. The Sick Children’s Trust relies entirely on voluntary income to meet this cost. We hope that, with your help, 24 hours 2 Le Mans will raise enough money to give many more families home-from-home support during their children’s treatment.