We are delighted to announce that our new family accommodation, Paul’s House, will be opening its doors this week, welcoming the first families of critical care patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Located just opposite the hospital on Upper Maudlin Street, the house features eight en-suite bedrooms over three floors. It also has two communal kitchens and a laundry room, providing parents and families with a free, private and comfortable home-from-home just moments away from their child at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
This vital service has been made possible thanks to generous support from our amazing fundraisers, corporate partners as well as major grants from Children With Cancer UK, The Morrisons Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, The Wolfson Foundation and the Callum St John and Maisie Gibbins Star Tribute Funds.
Like the Bristol Children’s Hospital building, Paul’s House takes its name from Paul O’Gorman, whose family founded the charity Children with Cancer UK. The charity has long supported the hospital through its relationship with The Grand Appeal, helping to fund the pioneering equipment such as the 3T intraoperative MRI scanner.
Paul’s House is our second family accommodation facility to open. Back in 2012, we opened Cots for Tots House for families of critically ill babies being treated at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital and thanks to your incredible support, we have since provided a ‘home from home’ to more than 1000 families. Paul’s House will expand this vital service to many more families from across the South West and beyond.
Watch this space over the coming weeks as we speak to the first Paul’s House residents, and share further photos of the home-away-from-home that you have helped to fund.