The team at McGills have chosen as their annual charity, Evie’s Gift.
This is the story of how and why the charity was set up. We’re sure you will agree that this is a hugely worthy cause so if you are able to make a donation in support of their work, we know every penny will be put to very good use.
The story of Evie’s Gift…
The Charity Evie’s Gift was born out of tragedy. Evie Clover was 13 years old when she died, taken from her family by an aggressive brain tumour. Following her diagnosis while on holiday in Spain, she was airlifted home and admitted to Bristol Children’s Hospital, where she received the best care possible from a group of dedicated doctors and nurses.
Evie spent 9 days in paediatric intensive care and a further 3 weeks on the high dependency unit. During that time, her parents were fortunate enough to be accommodated in the hospital’s bunk rooms on the 6th floor for 4 nights, and then at Ronald McDonald House for the remainder of their time there.
But others weren’t so lucky and too often they saw frightened, tired parents sleeping on chairs in the Parents’ Room/Kitchen or even sleeping in their cars because they couldn’t afford the local hotels.
As Evie’s father Brian explains: “Having your child admitted to hospital with a life threatening condition is bad enough, but having to face tough medical decisions when sleep-deprived is a dreadful situation to face. The free accommodation, where available, is fantastic, but there isn’t enough to go around as we saw all too often.
“So when our daughter died, we decided to do something about it and tackle that, and other problems, head on.”
Evie’s Gift has two main aims: to give immediate financial assistance to parents whose children have been admitted to hospital with a life threatening or life limiting condition, and to fund research into the rare brain cancer that took her from her family too soon.
The charity will aim to pay for 2 nights’ accommodation locally and help meet other costs associated with being near a sick child while they are in hospital to take away some of the worry for a couple of days, allowing stressed out parents to think straight and get some quality rest.