Craigard Makes a Handsome Donation for New “Haven” for Young People with Cancer

by admin
2 November 2018

At a recent Guernsey Launch Event, Hampshire-based commercial property asset manager Craigard made a handsome donation to CLIC Sargent which went towards a new ‘Home from Home’.

Mourants hosted the event which was supported by Locate Guernsey. The generous donation for CLIC Sargent went towards a new “Home from Home”, close by to Southampton Hospital, a facility greatly used by families from Guernsey and the Channel Islands to stay in whilst their child is receiving cancer treatment.

Paul Foster, Founder of Craigard, and Chartered Surveyor was aware of CLIC Sargent as a charity that supported his family at an incredibly harrowing time in their lives. A supporter since 2011, Paul heard about the appeal from CLIC Sargent, which has recently transformed a former Shirley B&B into a new ‘Home from Home’, called Jean’s House, in Southampton. The home, which families moved into recently, provides vital free accommodation for young patients and their families whilst undergoing cancer treatment at nearby specialist Southampton Hospital to where most young cancer patients from Hampshire will have to travel. Jean’s House has seven en-suite family bedrooms, (sleeping up to four people), two open plan kitchen/diners, two lounges and a teenagers’ space, to help families spend more time together and avoid often debilitating travel and accommodation costs.

The new home replaces 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 of an average length of three weeks. Jean’s House has been specially designed to be bigger and better, offering more space and comfort for families.

Christine Foster, wife of Paul Foster, said: “We are delighted to make this donatation towards the new Home from Home in Southampton as we are aware of how important this is for local Hampshire families but also families that have to come and stay for weeks, sometimes months from the Channel Islands.“

Liz Blunt, CLIC Sargent Fundraising and Engagement Manager for South Central added: “Sadly, 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK and I am very sorry that Paul’s family have suffered from a bereavement caused by childhood cancer. Since 2011, Paul and Craigard have raised over £17,000 to help children and young people with cancer which is incredibly generous of them. The recent £5000 has been put specifically towards our Jean’s House appeal and we are very grateful for their support. 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.”

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