The Home from Home has been named after Marion O’Gorman, co-founder of the charity Children with Cancer UK which has donated vital funds to CLIC Sargent over the years to support important social and clinical support services.
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 hospital.
Marion’s House will provide those families with free self catering accommodation just a short walk away from the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children, which recently moved sites, allowing them to stay together during this difficult time.
These facilities provide exceptional support for families of young cancer patients when they're in the greatest need.
Ellen Finlayson, CLIC Sargent’s Assistant Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland said: “We’re thrilled to announce the name of our new Home from Home in Glasgow. The support we’ve had from Children with Cancer UK has been fantastic, so the name is fitting.
“Our Homes from Home will 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.”
Caroline Blakely, CEO of Children with Cancer UK said: “We are delighted to support Marion’s House in Glasgow. These important facilities provide exceptional support for children, young people and their families when they are in the greatest need.”
CLIC Sargent, launched its £3m Scotland Homes from Home Appeal in November 2013 to ensure it can continue to provide free accommodation near to the new children’s hospital in Glasgow, and the new children’s hospital in Edinburgh, moving in 2017.
Marion’s House, opening later this summer, has eleven en-suite bedrooms with communal kitchens and lounges; an area specifically for young people to relax and meet other young people and a play area for younger residents.