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Fundraising for ROSY Fund (part of the Oxford Health Charity)
raised of £200 target
We fund additional respite care in Oxon to children with life-limiting illness


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ROSY (Respite Nursing for Oxfordshire’s Sick Youngsters.)  Respite nursing care at home for children with chronic, life-limiting or terminal illnesses in Oxfordshire. 

ROSY provide equipment for sick children which can improve their day-to-day lives, and a counselling service for families who are affected by having a child who is suffering from an illness requiring respite care.

Currently they fund 11 respite nurses and HCAs (Health Care Assistants) in Oxfordshire, to do the equivalent of 7 full time jobs in respite care for ROSY families.

Children with terminal or complex illness places a huge burden of care
on their families, who are left to care for a child with very complex medical needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Until ROSY was founded in 2002 there was very limited provision of respite nursing in the home, for parents with profoundly sick children. ROSY was set up by Craig Milner, his sister Bev Wilson, one of the two part time respite nurses who were struggling to cope with the respite nursing needs of Oxfordshire families, Debbie Spengler and Clair Stevens. Children were well looked after in hospital but parents were
very much on their own once the child was discharged, despite requiring 24 hour care.

Respite nurses are chosen, trained and allocated by the NHS, which allows ROSY to concentrate on raising the money to pay their salaries. There are no overheads, and most who work for ROSY, do so voluntarily. Which means that every penny raised goes towards paying for nursing care, equipment for the children, creating opportunities to bring our families together and making life easier for the ROSY families.

Thank you

About the charity

ROSY (Respite Nursing for Oxfordshire's Sick Youngsters) operates under the umbrella of the Oxford Health Charity. ROSY provides additional respite care to Oxfordshire's sick youngsters in their own homes, born with life-limiting or chronic conditions and others who have developed these conditions.

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