Charity home from home marks 10 years
A CANCER charity's house that supports families of young people receiving ongoing treatment has celebrated its tenth anniversary with a visit from Holby City actors.
Sam's House in Royal Fort Road in Kingsdown is CLIC Sargent's Bristol based 'Homes from Home'.
Since opening in October 2002 it has supported about 1,200 families of children and young people receiving on-going treatment after undergoing bone marrow and stem cell transplants at the nearby Bristol Children's Hospital.
Many families require a stay for one night, a few weeks or even months until their child is well enough to return home.
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Holby City cast members Hari Dhillon (Michael Spence) and James Anderson (Oliver Valentine) were on hand with BBC actor and charity patron Duncan Pow to meet families currently using the facility and toast its service to children and young people with cancer.
House manager Phil Day said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Duncan and the guys from Holby City for helping us mark the event and everyone in Bristol who has helped generate funds for CLIC Sargent over the last ten years.
"Without their support we wouldn't be able to provide families the practical, financial and emotional support they need when a child is diagnosed with cancer."
Andrew Cooper, CLIC Sargent's assistant director of services for the South West, added: "Sam's House provides families, whose children are in hospital for long periods of time, with free accommodation so they do not have to sleep on the ward or pay for hotel accommodation, which can be hugely expensive. It also provides them with an opportunity to meet other families and talk about their shared experiences, and generally cope with what is likely to be one of the most difficult times in their lives."
Sam's House was named after eight-year-old Sam Deacon who sadly died in 1993 following complications after a bone marrow transplant.