Radio DJ Gina McKie joined forces with CLIC Sargent in Glasgow to break ground on the construction of the charity’s brand new Home for Home.
A vital service
The Home from Home will provide free accommodation for children and young people with cancer, and their families just a short walk away from the new Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, which is moving next year.
On average, families in Scotland face a gruelling 60 mile round trip, often many days a week, for their children to receive treatment for cancer at a specialist hospital.
CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home in Glasgow will allow families to stay close to their child during this time, as well as giving them the chance to maintain a sense of normal family life by keeping the whole family together.
Designed with families in mind
The new Home from Home will comprise of eleven en suite bedrooms, communal living and kitchen spaces, as well as outdoor area.
The breaking ground ceremony saw the Clyde 1 DJ join CLIC Sargent Home from Home Manager, Tracy Rodger, to mark the start of building work get underway.
Gina said: “I was delighted to help start the construction of Glasgow’s new Home from Home for children and young people with cancer in support of CLIC Sargent’s Scotland Home from Home Appeal.
The Home from Home is a lifeline for families, allowing them to remain close to their child while they undergo treatment.
"It's the chance to maintain a sense of a normal family life by keeping the whole family together."
CLIC Sargent Home from Home Manager Tracy said: "It is fantastic to get the project off the ground. The house will do much to ease some of the stress, and cost associated with childhood cancer.”
About the Appeal
CLIC Sargent, launched its £3m Scotland Homes from Home Appeal 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, with The Crerar Hotel Trust pledging £1.2 million towards the Appeal.
Construction and outfitting of CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home in Glasgow is expected to take nine months, with the first families able to use the house in July 2015.
Without more money we won’t be able to move our second Home from Home, CLIC Villa, and young cancer patients and their families won’t benefit from this vital support so close to the new children's hospital in Edinburgh.
Please donate today, so that families dealing with cancer can stay together.