The Need

More than 5.000 children living with a life-limiting condition in the Bucharest area alone
More than 8.000 family members involved in care-giving, without any adequate support
More than 10.000 children facing death of a family member and needing bereavement support
Many families with sick children facing poverty and hardship.

The Solution

A property comprising of a conac “manor house” and 5 other buildings, in a beautiful location close to Bucharest, was donated to HOSPICE Casa Sperantei by the Florescu family in 2013 for the purpose of establishing a Centre for children and families affected by life-limiting conditions such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and cancer.
6 apartments to provide temporary accommodation for families with a sick child in need
12 bed respite care facility and home-care team following up patients at home
Day centre for various therapies, educational opportunities and summer trips venue
Resource & counselling centre for families and activity workshops

The Impact

400 admissions per year for respite care
2.000 attendances per year for assessment/play therapy
600 family members receiving counselling and support
300 children attending camps (scope for larger numbers in future)
200 children attending rehabilitation / education centre
200 medical professionals trained from all over Romania
400 home-care visits per year