Paultons park, the popular children’s visitor attraction, were inspired to donate after hearing about the CLIC Sargent’s appeal to transform a former B&B into a new Home from Home, called Jean’s House in Southampton. The home, due to be opened this Autumn, will provide vital free accommodation for young patients and their families during cancer treatment at nearby specialist Southampton Hospital.
About Jean's House
Jean’s House will have seven en-suite family bedrooms (sleeping up to four people), two open plan kitchen/diners, two lounges and a teenagers’ space, helping families spend more time together and avoid often debilitating travel and accommodation costs.
The new home will replace the charity’s existing Home from Home at CLIC Haven which opened in the grounds of Southampton Hospital in 1991 and has supported thousands of families. In 2017/18 there were 113 family stays for an average length of three weeks. Jean’s House has been specially-designed to be bigger and better than before, offering more space and comfort for families.
CLIC Sargent has launched a fundraising appeal to cover the £1.6million cost for buying and fully adapting the building. Over £1.2million pounds has already been raised thanks to generous support from donors including: Children with Cancer UK, Signet and Sir Jules Thorne Charitable Trust and now CLIC Sargent are seeking to raise the remaining £400,000 to fully renovate and furnish the house.
A big thank you to Paultons Park
Sara Mancey, HR Director from Paultons Park (the UK’s Number 1 Theme Park) said: “We already work closely with the Piam Brown Ward (children’s oncology ward) at Southampton Hospital, so I was aware of the fantastic support given by ward based CLIC Sargent staff to children and young people with cancer. We are delighted to make a donation towards Jean’s House as we know the huge difference the house will make to local families at a time when their lives have been turned upside down.”
Liz Blunt, CLIC Sargent Fundraising and Engagement Manager for Hampshire, said: “We are so grateful to everyone at Paultons Park for their amazing support and generous donation for our Jean’s House appeal. Their support will make a massive difference for the families we support through our Home from Homes which is a real lifeline for them when many miles from home.
“I hope that other local people and companies are inspired by their amazing generosity to help us house even more families in desperate need, saving them hundreds of pounds and bringing crucial home comforts in a time of great turmoil.”