Nine-year-old Timmy was diagnosed with a Ewing's Sarcoma last year and had to have surgery followed by 14 cycles of chemotherapy. As his family live in Essex they needed to travel to London for Timmy’s treatment so they stayed at CLIC Sargent Home from Home Paul’s House.
The family was so impressed by the support they received that they set up a Support Me Fund to raise money for CLIC Sargent.
Timmy’s chemotherapy always started on a Monday and he would need to be in hospital from the Monday through to the Thursday.
The family would travel down to London on a Sunday, do something all together in the afternoon and then mum Maggie would cook them all a family meal at Paul’s House.
Once treatment started on the Monday, Maggie would stay at the hospital with Timmy and dad Darren would stay at Paul’s House so he could be close by.
Maggie said: “The only thing he liked and would miss from the whole year was staying in Paul’s House, it really was a Home from Home.”
Taking a tour around Paul’s House
Timmy, who is in Year 5, turned reporter and made a short video tour of Paul’s House and also interviewed House Manager Eric so he could show his family and friends his ‘home’ when in London.
Setting up a Support Me Fund
After the first time they stayed in Paul’s House the family decided to set up a Support Me fund to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.
Once word got around everyone started to fundraise: the local school, pub, Hockey Club, Cricket and Bowls Club all came on board to offer their support.