The Isabel Baker Foundation was set up in 2015, in memory of Isabel Baker, who passed away from Leukeamia 8 days after her first birthday, after fighting cancer her whole life.
For the past four years, our mission has been to support bereaved parents of children with cancer by providing grants for funeral and headstone costs. Alongside this, we have also been providing parents of children with cancer with vouchers to help with living costs, if their children are in hospital for long periods of time. Parents often cannot work while their children are in hospital, and they are not fed on the ward, these costs soon add up!
Last year we went to parliament to support Carolyn Harris MP's campaign for the Children's Funeral Fund, which was implemented in June this year. This means that funerals are now free for all children.
With this is mind, we have decided to start fundraising towards a new project! A holiday lodge for families of sick or terminally ill children to use throughout the year for free.
Due to the sometimes low immune system of children with cancer, it is really important to us to choose somewhere that can easily be kept clean and warm. Where families have their own space, but have facilities and entertainment near by should they choose to use them.
We have spoken to the social workers we currently work with and they agree that Isabels Retreat will be beneficial to the families they are supporting.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to read and supporting our campaign