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Providing support to families to alleviate stress when a child is sick

The Cindy Appleyard Foundation provides grants to families who have a child in hospital for an extended period of time. Our purpose is to help families cover the costs of temporary accommodation near their child, traveling to and from the hospital, and taking time off work.

Our grants can make a big difference to families during their time of need. Whether it’s providing accommodation near the hospital or covering daily living expenses, we aim to alleviate some of the financial burden that families face during these immensely stressful times.

“The grant you sent to us really really helps make a difficult situation feel a little bit easier. Knowing someone out there gets how this feels, is also a big comfort.“

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Keeping Cindy’s Memory Alive by Supporting Families Through the Toughest of Times

The Cindy Appleyard Foundation was founded in memory of our daughter, Cindy, who passed away at just 10 months old while waiting for a heart transplant on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

During Cindy’s time in hospital, we had to relocate immediately to Newcastle, 150 miles away from our home, in order to be close to her at all times. It was during this time that we experienced the immense stress and financial burden that comes with having a child in hospital far from home.

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