On 17th April 2011 we will be running the London Marathon in aid of SCCWID. SCCWID was set up by Sophie Watson in 1997 aged 14, and at the time was being treated for cancer in the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford. Sophie died in January 2000.
SCCWID stands for "SOPHIES CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHILDREN'S WARD FOR INTERESTING THINGS TO DO".
Sophie started SCCWID to try to create a more comfortable and interesting environment for children, and in particular teenagers, who are being treated in hospital for lengthy periods - the "Interesting things to Do".
Teenagers and children with cancer can spend long and traumatic periods in hospital: undergoing chemotherapy or recovering from surgery. So, Sophie started to help the John Radcliffe, and the children with cancer there, by raising funds to buy individual items which would improve young patients quality of life, while undergoing treatment. The first step was the purchase of computers, computer games, televisions, microwaves and an ice machine, as well as brightly coloured duvet covers, pictures for the walls, beds for parents, etc. The next step was to rebuild the Playroom in Ward 4B - the children's cancer ward in The John Radcliffe.
Soon after Sophie died, the formal announcement was made that a new purpose-built children's hospital would be constructed in the grounds of the John Radcliffe, to open in January 2007. The charity co-ordinators at the John Radcliffe asked that SCCWID's efforts be directed towards raising funds for the "quality of life" elements in the teenage unit and other areas of this new hospital. As part of this, funds raised will be used for facilities for parents to stay with their children in hospital, which is vital for the wellbeing of the children.
SCCWID is a charity that is very close to both of our hearts, there is always more to be done and any donation makes a difference!
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