Wolverhampton-based logistics specialist Pallet-Track has selected The Sick Children’s Trust as its charity partner for 2016 following the organisation’s work with network trustee Roy Dowen’s grandson – who was involved in a car accident in December.
Fifteen year old Jordan Dowen was hit by a car and subsequently placed in an induced coma at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for over a month. His parents Sherridan and Joanne struggled to make the daily commute from North Norfolk and were offered accommodation at Acorn House which is provided by The Sick Children’s Trust.
Acorn House provides free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, for families with seriously ill children at Addenbrooke’s.
Sherridan, managing director at Lynn Star, said: “We are now back home in Hunstanton and Jordan is on the road to recovery, but we are extremely grateful to The Sick Children’s Trust for the accommodation provided at Acorn House.
“Without this base we would have found ourselves in an extremely difficult position, either travelling a great distance each day or living out of hotels – neither of which were viable options when our son was hospitalised.”
Aiming to raise thousands of pounds for the organisation which provides ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for the families of seriously ill children in hospital, Pallet-Track founder and managing director Nigel Parkes, said: “Jordan has had the full support of everyone in our network and we’re thrilled to hear that he is now back at home and beginning to recover.
“The Sick Children’s Trust supports up to 146 families every night, through its ten ‘Homes from Home’ based at leading children’s hospitals across the UK, and relies entirely on voluntary income – I can not think of a better organisation to become our charity partner for 2016.”
Despite suffering brain injuries in the accident, Jordan is now talking, walking and undertaking physiotherapy to get back to full strength.
Charlotte Webster, corporate partnerships manager at The Sick Children’s Trust, added: “When a child is injured in an accident or diagnosed with a serious illness, life for the whole family is thrown into turmoil. That’s where The Sick Children’s Trust steps in – our ‘Homes from Home’ keep families together and allow them to stay just minutes from their sick child’s bedside.
“Its costs us around £30 to support a family for one night, so the money raised by our partnership with Pallet-Track will go directly towards helping families during an incredibly difficult time. We want to thank Pallet-Track for choosing to support The Sick Children’s Trust and we look forward to working together over the coming year.”