Leeds law firm provided a 'Home from Home' with 25k donation


Leeds law firm Simpson Millar LLP has launched a charity campaign to help The Sick Children’s Trust, a charity which provides free, high-quality 'Home from Home' accommodation for families whose children are seriously ill in hospital.

The firm has donated £25,000 in sponsorship of three of the seven 'Homes from Home' that the charity runs for parents of sick children staying in nearby hospitals. The accommodation, based at six major paediatric hospitals across the UK, ensures that families can be close to their children who may need to receive treatment far away from their homes.

Completely reliant on donations with no government funding available, the charity offers 102 bedrooms every day of the year and since its foundation in 1982, it has housed more than 35,000 families.

Simpson Millar has houses in Leeds, Newcastle and London for a period of 12 months, helping the charity to meet the running costs of the houses. The sponsorship will ensure that families of ill children have a safe, warm and clean place to stay completely free of charge for as long as they need it.

Neil Fearn, Head of Neurotrauma in Leeds at Simpson Millar LLP said:

"The Sick Children’s Trust provides an invaluable service to people at a very vulnerable point in their lives. We are proud to sponsor the houses which will ensure more families are able to receive the support and convenience that the ‘Homes from Home’ offer."

One man that has seen the work of The Sick Children’s Trust firsthand is Darren Morgan from Newsome, Huddersfield. His son Rory was 15 when he was diagnosed with leukaemia in October 2009. Needing immediate treatment at Leeds General Infirmary hospital, Rory and his father made the 40 mile round trip to the hospital which would have been one of many had it not been for the charity’s accommodation in Leeds, Eckersley House.

Darren said:

"When Rory was diagnosed it was a massive shock; there was so much to take in and come to terms with while at the same time trying to stay calm and strong for my son. "

"A nurse at the hospital put me in touch with The Sick Children’s Trust, which offered me a bedroom whilst Rory was receiving treatment. I stayed there for over a year whilst Rory was in the hospital and I can honestly say I don’t know what I would have done without the help of the staff at Eckersley House."

"The house itself is fantastic; they have everything you need. It is so well equipped and there’s even a direct line to the hospital in the bedrooms so I never felt more than a phone call away from Rory."

In another charity scheme, Simpson Millar has organised an Easter egg collection for Eckersley House. So far staff have donated 70 chocolate eggs for the staff at Eckersley House to raffle in the local hospital to raise funds for The Sick Children’s Trust.

The firm has also donated 500 Crème Eggs that Eckersley House will sell ensconced within small knitted ducks throughout the coming months; and finally contributed 742 knitted ducks to the charity with Simpson Millar staff, family and friends spending all of their recent spare time knitting!

Sick Children's Trust – Simpson Millar LLP

Picture caption L-R: Jane McHale, House Manager at Eckersley House; Lenka Biscombe, Marketing Assistant at Simpson Millar; Caroline Kelly, Marketing Director at Simpson Millar; Natalie Rodgers, Client Liaison at Simpson Millar and Vicki Smith, The Sick Children's Trust Regional Fundraiser for Yorkshire.

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