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View recent news'Home from Home' at the Rosie

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Cambridge Water is supporting the launch of new family accommodation at the Rosie Hospital with the donation of £1,500 to buy bathroom equipment.

The new ‘Home from Home’ is being built with funding from The Sick Children’s Trust to give parents of seriously ill babies the opportunity to stay on site while they are being cared for at the hospital.

When it officially opens in September, it is expected the accommodation will meet the needs of 300 families from across Cambridgeshire and as far as Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow and Norfolk.

Mary-Alice McDevitt, corporate fundraising manager for The Sick Children’s Trust, said: “Last year 1081 babies were admitted to neonatal intensive care and special care at the Rosie, and we expect this to increase when the new unit opens.

“When this happens, life for their whole family is suddenly thrown into complete turmoil, with many struggling to find or afford accommodation locally.

“The ‘Home from Home’ will give these families the opportunity to be at their baby’s cot side in minutes any time day or night. We are grateful Cambridge Water has recognised the importance of this project, and agreed to meet the cost of one of our ensuites.”

The ‘Home from Home’ is situated on the ground floor of a new multi-million pound extension being built at the Rosie, close to the neonatal intensive care unit. It will include eight en-suite bedrooms as well as a communal living area, cooking and laundry facilities.

As part of its donations and grants fund, the water company has met the cost of providing one of the en-suites, which includes a water efficient toilet, shower and wash basin.

Annalise Lister, chair of the donations and grants fundraising committee, for Cambridge Water, said: “When you have a seriously ill child, being able to stay on site and be at their bedside, as and when required is an absolute priority. The ‘Home from Home’ promises to be a great comfort for thousands of families for many years to come. We are delighted to have been able to help them by meeting the cost of some bathroom equipment.”

For more information visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org

Every quarter Cambridge Water donates money to local community groups and good causes that operate within the Cambridge Water supply area. The money can be used to fund a wide variety of initiatives, ranging from equipment for sports clubs to toys for playgroups. It can also be used to fund special projects, such as building bat boxes or establishing nature reserves.

If you would like to apply please visit www.cambridge-water.co.uk

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