After last years HUGELY successful Big Chocolate Tea Party in aid of The Sick Children's Trust that we hosted we have decided to do it all again!
Last year De Vere Slaley Hall were kind enough to be our host venue and we had a wonderful day raising over £1000 for this fabulous charity. The Sick Children’s Trust was founded in 1982 by two pediatric specialists, Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas, who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery.
On average, 1.9 million children in the UK require 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 work 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 108 families every night, 365 days a year.
Whilst staying at one of their ‘Homes from Home’ is free of charge, the charity incurs a total cost of £27 per bedroom per night. They are not funded by the Government and in times when resources are scarce, they depend even more on their supporters and events such as this to help them cover this cost.
West Northumberland and Cumbria Director Kristy Giblin visited one of their home from home's last year at Newcastle's RVI (Crawford House) and was incredibly moved by the great work they did there. Simply Bows and Chair Covers were therefore only too happy to help and get involved in their Big Chocolate Tea Party 2011 campaign. Here are a few photo's from the amazing day....
This year we have decided to get involved once again and this time were teaming up with The Fairies of Northumberland and The Enchanted Forest to create a truly MAGICAL family fun day out!
The date... April 22nd
The time... 2pm
The location.... The Enchanted Forest (Ponteland)
So... pop the date in your diary (it's free too) and if you would like to help with baking some goodies or donating a raffle prize please email Kristy on firstname.lastname@example.org