24th October 2019
TWO of the region’s charities which support sick babies and children, Zoe’s Place and Leo’s, will now be working together to help even more families in need.
Zoe’s Place offers respite for families who have children with complex needs across the North East, while local charity Leo’s supports families in the area who require neonatal care.
Over the last six months, Zoe’s and Leo’s have buddied up to offer new services such as soft play sessions funded by G2 Events, Stay & Play groups, bereavement support for families in and around Teesside and the partnership even saw two of the hospice’s staff nurses join Leo’s as peer support volunteers.
Now, the partner charities are steaming ahead with new plans including study days, memorial services and more support services to benefit families around the region.
Mark Guidery, General Manager of Zoe’s Place, said: “By working together we can only do more and better for the families who find themselves needing the services of Zoe’s Place or Leo’s. The teams have worked brilliantly together across the last six months, and we’ve managed to care for many new families.”
Lottie King, founder of Leo’s, added: “We know many families who need neonatal care will need additional care in the community and by working with Zoe’s Place we can get them the right respite support, or in devastating circumstances, end of life support.
“We are all very passionate and driven to make a difference to the families of the region with this partnership.”
Zoe’s Place offers respite and end of life care for babies and children up to the age of six from anywhere in the UK out of its hospice in Normanby, Middlesbrough. It costs £29 an hour for the skilled staff to give one-to-one care to a child with a life-limiting, life-threatening illness or a condition which requires additional care.
Leo’s, launched in 2018, supports families on four neonatal units across the region. It is the largest provider of vCreate a safe video and picture messaging service in the UK, and provides heartbeat bears, bereavement support, peer support volunteers, welcome boxes, playgroups and more.