League Of Friends Says Help Available For Families With Sick Children

Ann Mumford, Chairman of the League of Friends

Ann Mumford, Chairman of the League of Friends

Don’t face hardship because you’re too proud to ask for help.

That’s the message from the St Mary’s Community and Hospital League of Friends who want to remind islanders that funds are available to help families who need to travel when their children are receiving treatment for long-term illnesses.

Chairman Anne Mumford said the fund has regularly been undersubscribed.

It’s designed to help pay for extra expenses like food, accommodation and transport for family members who have to accompany sick children to the mainland for regular treatment.

Ann says this can often be for several days at a time and people can easily find themselves overstretched financially through no fault of their own.

Every case is reviewed on its own merits, says Ann, and you should contact her for further details.

Ann says the League has already added a good sum to its reserves this year.

Around £3,000 has been donated from bequests, the Sunday evening Scillonian Club quizzes and Atlantic Hotel coffee mornings. They also raised £100 more from this year’s flag day.

But Ann says they can’t sit back on their laurels and need to continue with their fundraising efforts.