This week millions of pounds is being raised for BBC Children In Need to support children across the country. We are privileged to work with Children in Need on a project that benefits children with long-term health conditions.
We have worked with BBC Children in Need since 2010 and our Hospital Project was launched last Spring. The project offers children who are undergoing or who have previously received treatment at leading Children’s Hospitals, the opportunity to enjoy sports and activities at our camps, as well as their siblings. Thanks to this support, more children facing challenging circumstances have accessed our camps this year, working towards our goal of offering 800 places by the end of our funding in Spring 2016.
Read how camp has benefited these families this year, thanks to Children in Need
“My son Lynden suffers with an ongoing medical condition which involves hospital treatment, appointments and sometimes he has to stay in hospital. He has had this since being 6 months old and he now also suffers with sensory, anxiety and other mental health issues. He struggles with understanding that the treatment he receives is in his best interests and with being at hospital.
Along came an offer of Lynden participating in Kings Camps through a project funded by BBC Children in Need. The nurses at Sheffield Children’s Hospital referred Lynden to Kings Camps as he has a passion for sport and does not want to be seen as ‘different’, and he was over the moon to be accepted on camp. He thinks that Kings Camps is his reward for trying really hard to engage with nurses/doctors and having a positive attitude towards his treatment.
This project and funding has made my son feel accepted, rewarded and positive. It makes me really proud to see that smile on his face when he goes to camp and to hear how well he is developing. For Lynden, every dark cloud does have a silver lining… Thank you.”
Natasha Howard, Lynden’s Mum
“Camp gave Lewis a chance to make new friends and also increased his confidence. He was able to have a little independence in a safe environment with qualified staff. The fact his older brother could attend was great. This put my mind at ease since Jack is an expert in Lewis’s needs, and knows what he needs assistance with.”
Mum to Lewis and Jack
“Alice has no other peers, and her medical condition can leave her isolated. The staff at Kings Camps were not phased by her condition, which left me feeling reassured and confident to leave her in their care. Having the long holidays ahead of her ensured she was busy on a daily basis. She was happy, well-motivated and bounced back into action the following day. Camp gave Alice so much confidence – she loves mixing with others. I can’t thank you enough for making her so welcome. ”
Mum to Alice