Comedian Kevin Bridges has joined forces with CLIC Sargent to put the finishing touches on our new Home from Home in Glasgow.
The Home from Home will provide free accommodation for children young people with cancer and their families, just a short walk away from the city’s newly opened children’s hospital.
Kevin visited the Home from Home to give it the last lick of paint ahead of families moving in later this summer.
He was joined by eight-year-old Niamh Logan from Glasgow, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia just before her second birthday, and her dad John Logan.
The family has been supported by CLIC Sargent throughout Niamh's treatment.
About the appeal
Each year around 300 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland.
During treatment, which can last up to three years, normal, everyday life is turned upside down with some families in Scotland facing a gruelling 60 mile round trip, on average, often many days a week, for their children to receive treatment at a specialist site.
CLIC Sargent, the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, launched its £3m Scotland Homes from Home relocation appeal in November 2013 to ensure it can continue to provide free accommodation near the new children’s hospital in Glasgow, and the new children’s hospital in Edinburgh, moving in 2017.
CLIC Sargent's new Home from Home in Glasgow, called Marion’s House, will provide families with free self-catering accommodation, and a warm, homely environment, allowing them to stay together during this difficult time.
Marion's House has 11 en-suite bedrooms with communal kitchen’s and lounges; an area specifically for young people to relax and meet other young people and a play area for younger residents.
Kevin Bridges had a tour of the house and even rolled up his sleeves to do some painting.
He said: "I was delighted to help put the finishing touches to CLIC Sargent's new Home from Home in Glasgow.
"The Home is a lifeline for families, allowing them to remain close to their child while they undergo treatment as well as the chance to maintain a sense of a normal family life."
A supportive and friendly place
CLIC Sargent Assistant Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland Ellen Finlayson said: "Our Homes from Home provide vital support to families whose lives have been turned upside down, with a homely, supportive and friendly place to stay during treatment at the hospital, ensuring that families can be together.
"Marion's House in Glasgow will provide a much needed resource to those families, doing much to ease some of the stress, and costs associated with childhood cancer."
Marion's House is being constructed by main contractor CBC.
Managing Director James McAlpine said: "We are very proud to be working with CLIC Sargent on the delivery of Marion's House which will offer support to so many families in very difficult circumstances.
"The location of the facility, in such close proximity to the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is excellent and, as a local company who have been based in Glasgow for almost 45 years, it’s great to be involved in bringing such a valuable service to the area."
Find out more
If you would like to get involved and help support CLIC Sargent's Scotland Homes from Home Appeal, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Rachael Mclean on 0141 572 5706 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.