A Tendring family will take centre stage at The Sick Children’s Trust Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 12 December to tell over 700 people the difference the charity’s free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation made to them when their newborn son was rushed to a hospital over 80 miles away from home for lifesaving surgery.
Mark and Poppy Dean, from Walton-on-the-Naze experienced every parent’s nightmare when their son, David, was rushed to The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge at just a few hours old. Shortly after his birth at Colchester General, David experienced a number of seizures and needed immediate, specialist medical attention. For five days, David fought for his life on the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and was then transferred back to Colchester before being discharged and taken home for the first time at just a week old. During his treatment in Cambridge, the couple were given free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation at Chestnut House, run by The Sick Children’s Trust.
On Wednesday 12 December, the family will travel to London’s St Marylebone Parish Church to share their story at the annual Carol Service to highlight the importance of The Sick Children’s Trust’s work.