ERA has chosen The Sick Children’s Trust as its nominated charity for 2015 with the intention of raising a minimum of £10,000 this year to support families with seriously ill children in hospital. The charity, set up over 30 years ago, provides free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, at leading children’s hospitals throughout the UK with the clear aim of keeping families together while children undergo lifesaving treatment.
Commenting on the decision to nominate The Sick Children’s Trust as its chosen charity for 2015, ERA CEO Darren Waters says: “we really wanted to harness the power of our teams across the UK and come together to support one very worthwhile charity – we asked employees to vote from a selection of charities and The Sick Children’s Trust was the unanimous choice. It’s the perfect charity for our business – we love the ethos of The Sick Children’s Trust, which is all about keeping families secure and together during difficult times. The entire business is brought into this ‘one charity’ initiative and we’ve already made a very healthy dent in our target.”
The Sick Children’s Trust has ten ‘Homes from Home’ and supports around 3,500 families every year. Its houses help relieve some of the practical and emotional strains of having a sick child in hospital, far from home.
Charlotte Webster, Corporate Fundraising Manager at The Sick Children’s Trust says: “We are delighted to have been chosen by ERA employees as their official charity for 2015. Our houses support families at the most difficult and stressful time imaginable and ensure that no matter how serious a child’s condition, they can be there for them, right by their side. We rely entirely on voluntary income to keep our ‘Homes from Home’ open 24/7, 365 days a year, so ERA’s support will go directly towards helping families in need.”