Naomi House – an Insider’s View!
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You have probably already dug deep to help Naomi House and jacksplace hospices, based in Sutton Scotney, who provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from seven counties across central southern England. Unless you know them though, do you ever wonder about the children and young people who are being cared for? What they do and how they cope? Sam Waddington is a 15 year old pupil at Kings’ School who frequently stays at Naomi House for respite care.
Writing exclusively for Winchester Today, Sam offers an insider’s view:
“I’ve been visiting Naomi House & jacksplace for around four years and from the moment I began staying there, every minute has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I have so much fun with the staff, other children and young people that I never look forward to going home.
Naomi House allows youngsters who may be physically or mentally restricted to live their lives to the full, and socially there is always a great atmosphere at the hospice. It gives me the opportunity to meet lots of new people; each with differing needs. One of the things the hospice has taught me is that everybody is the same and deserves to be treated fairly.
Everybody that visits Naomi House is given the opportunity to do what they want during their stay and there are so many things for children of all ages to get involved in. Swimming is one of my favourite activities at the hospice. It is a great way for me to get some exercise, and the pools, both at Naomi House and at jacksplace, are perfect for a relaxing dip.One thing that really stands out for me is the food. Somehow the kitchen team prepares a complete feast for the children, families and staff, each and every mealtime. You don’t go home hungry – that’s for sure!”
Thanks to Sam from everyone here at Winchester Today for this article. Sam recently spent a week with the Naomi House Fundraising Team as work experience. As part of his placement, Sam, a budding journalist, wrote this article exclusively for Winchester Today. This newspaper is supporting Naomi House as its chosen charity until at least 2015. Naomi House cannot offer this standard of care and level of enjoyment for kids and young people like Sam without regular donations. To show your support for the hospice please visit www.naomihouse.org.uk or call the Fundraising Office on 01962 843513.