Debbie Holmes, who is staying at the home with her mum Cheryl, and John and Manjit Nanda, staying in the home to support their niece Nikita, an inpatient at the nearby University College London Hospital, were all astounded by the performance.
"Best day ever"
Maisie Bullock, who is in treatment for Leukaemia, her parents and her sister, were all invited to the house to be surprised by Jamie, who entertained them with card tricks, mind reading and illusions.
Her mother Sarah said: “The girls had a really wonderful time and it has been roundly described as ‘the best day ever’ by both of them.
“They were both made to feel so welcome, and the magic was such a treat for all of us, and will give us lots of happy memories for the future – very special.
“CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home are a wonderful haven for families going through what can be a very frightening experience, and we feel tremendously fortunate to have benefited from this – I really don’t know how we would have coped otherwise.”
Getting through tough times
Jamie said: “I had a brilliant day meeting all of the families at Paul’s House and performing a few tricks with them. I was really struck by how positive and happy everyone was, and the atmosphere in the Home from Home was lovely.
“It was great to learn more about the great work that CLIC Sargent does for these families. The Home from Home is such a fantastic place, helping all of these families spend time together as they go through some really tough times. I heard first-hand about the real difference it makes and it was a real pleasure.”
A wonderful treat
Dara de Burca, Director of Services at CLIC Sargent, said: “Having Jamie come and visit Paul’s House was a wonderful treat for the families that have been supported there and we are very grateful for his support.”
“Many families are left with huge travel and accommodation bills when their child is undergoing treatment, adding extra stress and emotional strain and often meaning they have to spend long periods of time apart.
“CLIC Sargent’s 10 Homes from Home across the UK give these families somewhere to stay just a slipper walk away from where young patients are going through treatment, providing a safe haven and a place where they can make the most of time together.”
CLIC Sargent provides practical, emotional and financial support to children and young people with cancer, and their families, via a range of services including support grants, social workers, specialist nurse key workers and Homes from Home.
Find out more
For more information on Jamie Raven’s UK tour, visit www.jamieraven.co.uk