Home from home was a bless­ing say par­ents

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Behind The Headlines -

Any­body who com­mutes daily on the A14 be­tween Pe­ter­bor­ough and Cam­bridge will know how ter­ri­ble a trip it is, so hav­ing to bat­tle the traffic each day to see their son was a tough propo­si­tion for Amy and James Boul­ton. It would take an hour ev­ery day to travel to the Rosie Hos­pi­tal where son Wil­liam was fight­ing for life, but their fears were put at ease when they were told that there was free ‘Home from Home’ ac­com­mo­da­tion run by char­ity The Sick Chil­dren’s Trust. The home is at Chest­nut House which is lo­cated at the hos­pi­tal. Amy said: “James had to go back to work and with­out Chest­nut House over the next five weeks I would have felt very alone. James would come up as much as pos­si­ble, but I needed peo­ple to talk to reg­u­larly. “House staff Abi and Olena were won­der­ful. They were there to talk to and ev­ery day would ask about Wil­liam’s progress. They’d talk to me and show me the sto­ries on the wall of other fam­i­lies who had passed through the house and it’s amaz­ing how those sim­i­lar­i­ties help. They give you hope. “We were lit­er­ally just a few steps away so if I wanted to be there or needed to be there I could be. I didn’t have to worry about Wil­liam be­com­ing ill sud­denly and not be­ing able to be with him. Chest­nut House made it pos­si­ble for me to be there and hold his hand through­out it all.” Chest­nut House man­ager Abi Ab­del-aal said: “Wil­liam is a true lit­tle fighter and we’re so pleased that he’s back at home get­ting stronger. For seven weeks we sup­ported James and Amy at Chest­nut House, they had their own pri­vate bed­room, ac­cess to com­mu­nal ar­eas and were just min­utes from Wil­liam’s bed­side.” The Sick Chil­dren’s Trust is rais­ing money through a Py­jama Party from Monday, Oc­to­ber 17 to Friday, Oc­to­ber 21 where chil­dren are spon­sored to at­tend nurs­ery or play­group dressed in their favourite py­ja­mas and take part in ac­tiv­i­ties. Visit http://www.sickchil­dren­strust.org/

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