The October Club Announce WellChild as Charity for 2018

Posted on the 5th June 2018

WellChild are delighted to be announced as 2018 charity partner of the prestigious October Club. The partnership will help establish a new network of Better At Home Units across the UK to empower parents and carers with the skills and confidence they need to care for their child at home.

WellChild Nurses provide essential care and practical support to children and young people with exceptional health needs and their families. They play a crucial role in enabling children to leave hospital and be cared for at home, reducing the practical, emotional and financial impact for families.  Over the past 10 years WellChild Nurses have enabled many, many thousands of families to leave hospital and be supported at home – many of whom would have been in hospital for months and, often, years without that support.

An essential part of getting children and young people home from hospital is ensuring that parents are confident and competent in providing the often very complex nursing and medical care their child needs.

Training for these parents in the UK is currently at crisis point, especially when it comes to making sure they are ready to cope with emergency, life-saving situations that are all too common with some of these children.

Colin Dyer, CEO of WellChild said:

The October Club funding will enable us to transform training around the UK for these parents, helping us to create what we know will be a fast-growing network of Better At Home Training Units across the country, where families will be fully trained by experienced Nurses on all aspects of the essential, complicated, stressful, and life-saving care they give their children.”

The October Club has a very successful 30 year history of supporting smaller charities and their transformational projects. We have a transparent and rigorous application and selection process and are delighted to announce that, from many initial applications, our 2018 charity will be WellChild. We greatly look forward to working with them to transform their reach and impact: Building on their excellent and proven WellChild Nurse network with a new network of "Better At Home Training Units” that will allow even more parents to care for their children at home.

Henry Knapman, Chairman of The October Club

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