The room was named at CLIC Sargent’s Home from Home, Marion’s House, as total funds raised for the support charity by players of People’s Postcode Lottery hit £4.8million.
People’s Postcode Lottery team member, Charlotte Bryant, chose the name ‘Ohana Room’, which is a Hawaiian phrase meaning family. The term is famously used in the Disney film Lilo and Stitch.
She said: “I chose the name Ohana as it’s a really beautiful term that I felt encompassed what CLIC Sargent are trying to achieve at Marion’s House, and with it being from such a popular Disney film I thought it was the perfect fit.”
To date, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £4,810,764.60 for CLIC Sargent. The charity, which fights for young lives affected by cancer, will use the funds to provide vital support to young patients from the moment of their diagnosis.
Marion’s House is one of CLIC Sargent’s 10 Homes from Home across the UK. They provide free accommodation for families while the young person is undergoing treatment and beyond, just a short ‘slipper walk’ from the hospital.
The homes give families some relief from the huge travel costs that can follow a cancer diagnosis, as they find themselves having to travel great distances to and from the hospital. The homes also provide a safe, comfortable place for families to be together away from the wards.
A haven for families
Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income & Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: “We are blown away by the incredible support we have received from players of People’s Postcode Lottery and we are delighted that People’s Postcode Lottery has been able to make its mark on one of our Homes from Home in this way.
“Our Homes from Home really are a haven for these families, and the name chosen perfectly captures that message. This is a place for families to be together at the hardest of times.
“Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the news that they have cancer. Every penny raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help us continue to provide these vital frontline services to young cancer patients and their families.”