A photography studio in Thurston, Bury St Edmunds, spent last weekend clicking away to raise money so that families can stay close by to their child when they are being treated in hospital – and has already raised a brilliant £110.
Suffolk based Lighthouse Studios kick started their fundraising efforts recently to support The Sick Children’s Trust’s Appeal to raise money to build a new ‘Home from Home’ at the Rosie hospital in Cambridge.
The studio is offering to donate £25 from each family photography session booked between now and when the new house opens to the charity’s “Buy a Brick” campaign, helping the charity to edge ever closer to its target of opening its eighth ‘Home from Home’ in September 2012.
Colleen Howe, from Lighthouse Studio said: “I wanted to support the charity as I know how wonderful they were to my friend Holly when her daughter, Evie, was rushed into Addenbrooke’s Hospital with respiratory failure in 2010. Holly and her partner, Kevin Rumbelow, stayed at the charity’s Acorn House for more than eight days and they always told me how much of a difference just having a place where they could stay close by to Evie made to them during this stressful time.
“The launch party was a wonderful family event and we had lots of people stop by to support the charity. Best of all though was the fact that little Evie could join us and she is now running around like a normal toddler.”
The Sick Children’s Trust’s new ‘Home from Home’ is [art of Cambridge University Hospitals extension of the Rosie Hospital and the will support the parents of the most vulnerable babies from across the East of England and occasionally beyond. It will provide a comfortable, calming facility for families. With eight en-suite bedrooms, a communal living area and cooking and laundry facilities, helping more than 250 families every year.
Lydia Solomon, Community Fundraiser for The Sick Children’s Trust added: “This is a great start to the studio’s appeal and it’s wonderful to see Holly and her family get back to a sense of normality after everything they have been through. We are really grateful to the Lighthouse Studio for supporting our appeal. We still have to raise more than £240,000 so appreciate all the help we can get.”
Family shoots are offered at the Lighthouse Studio, Thurston, Bury St.Edmunds or on location at a venue chosen by the family. Each photo shoot costs just £40 for which the family will get a 6×4 photograph of their favourite image and the Lighthouse Studio will donate £25 towards the Rosie Hospital “Buy a Brick” campaign.
For more information or to attend the launch party: Please contact Sarah Wallace on 020 7931 8695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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