Studio raises money to keep parents close to sick children

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A PHOTOGRAPHIC studio is raising money to help parents stay at the bedside of their sick children.

Lighthouse Studio, Great Green, Thurston will donate £25 to The Sick Children’s Trust for every family photography session shot between March 31 and September 30.

The trust’s Home from Homes give the parents and families of sick children somewhere safe and comfortable to stay next to the hospitals where their children are being treated.

Colleen Howe, of Lighthouse Studio, decided to raise money for the charity after friends of hers received help from the charity.

Holly Hayhurst, 30, and Kevin Rumbelow, 29, stayed in a Home from Home while their 17- month-old daughter Evie was treated for respiratory failure at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

Kevin said: “It’s a hell of a place – literally a home from home. There’s places for the kids to play, a big kitchen lounge and en suites.”

“The other families are all there for the same thing. They are all there to help each other, which makes it easier.

“There’s a book which people who have stayed in the house write in and when we did not feel like we had much hope we read it and found a girl who had had similar problems to Evie and at the end, it said she was fine.

“It was a very stressful time and emotionally difficult, so being able to stay within a couple of minutes walk from her made all the difference, saving time and knowing we could go anytime of the day or night if there were any problems.”

Evie has made a full recovery since being rushed to the hospital 18 months ago.

The photographic studio will donate all money raised to the chaity’s campaign to build a new Home from Home for the parents of critically ill babies at the Rosie Hospital, on the Addenbrooke’s site in Cambridge.

It will be the eighth home to be opened by the Sick Children’s Trust.

Colleen said: “We are proud to be supporting the Sick Children’s Trust after we saw first hand the incredible support the charity gave to friends of ours.

“We hope that each smile captured at the Lighthouse Studio will not only provide treasured memories for the families involved but will also leave a legacy that enables parents of critically ill babies and young children to stay close to their little ones at a very difficult time.

“We are launching the campaign with a special party tomorrow.

“There will be cupcakes and tea and the opportunity for people to learn more about the Sick Children’s Trust and make a booking and, as a thank you for attending our launch party, we will give them a voucher for a free print to use when they have their photo shoot.”

The new Home from Home will be equipped to help more than 250 families a year. It will have eight en suite bedrooms, a communal living area and cooking and laundry facilities.