The 2018 Charity Partner is....WellChild

The 2018 Charity Partner is....WellChild


The October Club is delighted to announce that their charity for 2018 is WellChild.

WellChild is the national UK children's charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible.

The charity has invested in the creation of a network of WellChild Nurses over the past 10 years to enable many, many thousands of families to leave hospital and be supported at home – many of whom would have been in hospital for months and, often, years without that support.

An essential part of getting children and young people home from hospital is ensuring that parents are confident and competent in providing the often very complex nursing and medical care their child needs.

Training for these parents in the UK is currently at crisis point, especially when it comes to making sure they are ready to cope with emergency, life-saving situations that are all too common with some of these children.

Colin Dyer, CEO of WellChild said:

"The October Club funding will enable us to transform training around the UK for these parents, helping us to create what we know will be a fast-growing network of Better At Home Training Units across the country, where families will be fully trained by experienced Nurses on all aspects of the essential, complicated, stressful, and life-saving care they give their children.”

Henry Knapman, Chairman of The October Club said:

“The October Club has a very successful 30 year history of supporting smaller charities and their transformational projects. We have a transparent and rigorous application and selection process and are delighted to announce that, from many initial applications, our 2018 charity will be WellChild. We greatly look forward to working with them to transform their reach and impact: Building on their excellent and proven WellChild nurse network with a new network of "Better At Home Training Units” that will allow even more parents to care for their children at home."

We hope that you will join us in trying to raise as much money as possible for this truly amazing cause.


Notes: For the past 30 years The October Club has been transforming good causes. Each year we identify a UK-based charity with a project, or projects, in several UK regions which could be transformed with our funding. In total the Club has now raised just over £10m and in recent years the average raised per dinner has been £500k, making our event the single biggest of its kind in the sector today.

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