Family Grants & Projects completed
Who Do we Help and Why?
Care for Kids North Devon provides instant financial assistance to families that have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness e.g. a cancer, a heart condition, cystic fibrosis or a head injury. Because of North Devon’s rural location, all seriously ill children are now treated in specialist Children’s Hospitals in Bristol or beyond. For families in North Devon this means the loss of earnings, subsistence costs and travel costs for parents traveling and staying in Bristol, Oxford, Birmingham or London.
Care for Kids provides a lump sum to help alleviate financial concerns for families in this situation, whilst they adjust to having a very sick child and to having one or more parents away from home. To date, Care for Kids North Devon has supported 97 local families with instant and in some instances, secondary financial assistance packages.
We also enhance the Children’s Ward with little extra’s that make life more bearable on the ward so far we have provided:-
Large screen television, Wii, Playstation 4, a large sofa, bespoke beach hut units and a quiet reading corner with a dressing up area. Portable DVD units for the children’s bays along with a choice of toys and games that are kept in the bays on the ward. Custom made cloud blinds for the playroom and a 3D Pain Distraction Unit for the treatment unit. The Ladywell stairwell with local pictures which where chosen through a photo competition 2016. Our latest project has been to enhance the parents room which is now a pleasant room to prepare food and snacks watch some TV and have a coffee.
The Charity provides assistance for families of children receiving care through the children’s Ward or clinics of North Devon District Hospital or specialist hospitals related to the North Devon District Hospital.
Upon diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, Care for Kids will provide a family with a lump sum which is currently £800. This is to assist families in the acute stage of a child’s treatment and management of a medical condition, with financial concerns arising through loss of earnings, finding travel expenses, child-care costs and subsistence costs. Each family eligible for the Charity’s Grant will be asked to complete a simple Grant Application Form which has a few tick boxes to assess a family’s means. Medical staff will assist with providing and completing the Grant Application Form as appropriate.
The Grant is paid by Bank Transfer directly to each family as soon as a signed Grant Application Form has been received, agreeing to our terms and conditions. The Grant Application form must be signed by the child’s Consultant from the Caroline Thorpe Children’s Ward and by another member of medical staff from the ward
A second financial payment is available of £500. This is for families who have been determined by the trustees as still struggling financially 6 weeks after the initial payment. The charity liaison officer will follow up each case on an individual basis.
If you are not under the care of the Caroline Thorpe Children’s Ward and you need a grant for your child who has a life threatening illness /condition please contact the ward for advice.