Charity Registration number: 1070532
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports families who have a child with a life-threatening illness. These families have to face the very real possibility that they may lose their child to their illness and many struggle to cope on a daily basis. The Family Support Workers of Rainbow Trust provide a much needed lifeline to these families and enable them to make the most of their time together, offering them support, whenever they need it, for as long as is needed.
The charity currently has six care teams across the country providing tailored emotional and practical support. The North West Care Team, based in Manchester, currently offers a limited service to some families receiving treatment at Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool but unfortunately they are not in a position to offer any community based support to the families in that same area. It is very clear that there is a significant need for Rainbow Trust’s tailored community services which is not being met. Rainbow Trust has therefore responded by launching a new Liverpool care team.
There has been a significant rise in the number of children with life limiting conditions across the country in the last 20 years, with data suggesting that there are an estimated 3,300 children with a life limiting condition living in the area that will be covered by this new Liverpool Care Team. (Make Every Child Count Report 2020 By Professor Lorna Fraser et al – University of York)
A grant of £575,000 from The Kentown Wizard Foundation will ensure funding for up to three years and allow time for Rainbow Trust to embed the new team in Liverpool and expand their services into Wales.
Margaret Ingram, CEO of The Kentown Wizard Foundation: “Rainbow Trust is a charity we know well and hold in high regard. The support they currently offer is a lifeline to many, who without it would be left feeling more isolated than ever. This grant will enable the charity to extend its reach and provide valuable support to many more families in the north-west of England and Wales. It is support like this, offered to families often feeling overwhelmed by their circumstances, that makes a real and significant difference to their lives.”