What We Do
Sophie’s Appeal has been honouring commitments and funding various initiatives since it became a registered charity in 2005. Sophie’s Appeal was set up as the fundraising arm of The Sophie Barringer Trust and is proud of it’s achievements to date and continues to make a difference to families living in the Wessex region.
Sophie received some of her treatment on Northbrook Children’s Ward at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. It was known as her ‘shared care’ hospital. It was during a stay on Northbrook Ward that Sophie’s Dad struck up a conversation about helping to provide modern facilities for outpatient children. The idea for Sophie’s Place was born.
The reception area on Northbrook Ward now provides a warm, friendly and secure entrance where patients are greeted. The area also provides a quiet room for breastfeeding and a toilet for patient use. This was made possible due to a donation of £80,000 from Sophie’s Appeal. The work was carried out and officially opened in 2017
Sophie’s Place is a purpose designed area of Northbrook Children’s Ward for treating children for routine treatment, tests, referrals from GP’s and more. Sophie’s Appeal helped fund the decor, flooring and wall murals which enabled the hospital to concentrate on providing modern, efficient medical equipment, whilst the environment helped children to feel more at ease. Sophie’s Place opened on 24th October 2007.
Sophie’s Appeal liaise with Piam Brown on a regular basis and are delighted they are one of the main referrers, on behalf of families, for Rainbow Retreat.
Sophie’s Appeal also funded the newly painted corridor, two cubicles used to treat cancer patients and Sophie’s Den, which will be used as an isolation suite for children undergoing Chemotherapy.
Sophie’s Appeal is pleased to be able to offer Sophie’s Surprises. These are one-off respite opportunities and may range from days out for children and their families to help ease the stress and escape the strains of hospital life if only for a short while, trips to the theatre and visits to theme parks. Requests can be made by emailing [email protected].
Sophie’s Appeal also pledged £15,000 to help fund a research project at University College London, in 2010 which was headed up by Professor Kathy Pritchard Jones. This project provided research into molecular biology of childhood Wilm’s Tumour (the same cancer as Sophie) to give children the best chance of a long-term cure without undue risk and potentially damaging side effects.
It is not only the children receiving treatment, but their parents and siblings who find themselves needing to get away from the hospital or home environment. Forgetting about the worries of everyday life, even for only a few days, enables the families to spend quality time together and generate fun memories to last a lifetime – even if that life may be cut tragically short.
All to often families, who find themselves in need of a break, just cannot afford to get away. The financial strain put on a family, particularly when one or both parents have to give up work to look after their poorly child, is often too much to allow for this little bit of respite.
Sophie’s Appeal have now purchased a facility at Rockley Park, Poole to enable children and their families to get away from it all, safe in the knowledge they are a short journey away from a hospital if the need arises.
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