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Sussex students support charity

“The Sick Children’s Trust” (SCT) is a non-profit organization that provides accommodation for families with children in hospital all over the UK – allowing them to receive the specialist treatment they require.

Two paediatric specialists Dr. Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas founded the Sick Children’s Trust in 1982. They believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child’s recovery. STC is one of the finalists for JustGiving Charity of the Year Awards 2011.

Throughout the year they organize several exciting and varied events to raise much needed funds. Rainbow House is the first “Home from Home”, which opened its doors to families with children undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1984.

The President of SCT is Michael Crawford OBE who has provided tremendous support for over 20 years. Michael became President in March 1987 and has become a great friend. One of their Homes from Home, Crawford House in Newcastle, is named in his honour. Michael says: “It has been a huge honour to play a part in the growth of The Sick Children’s Trust.

The energy which the charity injects into new projects is remarkable. They never cease to look for new ways in which they can support families and help keep them together at such vulnerable times. When a child faces a life-threatening illness it is essential to their recovery that they are surrounded by their whole family”.

Now, Talisa Dean and Saskia Sidey are supporting SCT by holding a Charity Gig in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust on 75 London Road, Brighton on Tuesday 8th March. With a number of live music acts including four confirmed Brighton bands: Nimmo and the Gauntletts, Poor Little Pierrette, Peppermint Beat Band and The Promenade. With expected big crowds they hope to pack out The Hydrant to raise as much money and awareness for the very worthwhile cause as possible.

The gig is supported by a number of famous artists in form of T-shirts and signed CDs from the likes of Alessi’s Ark, Fenech Soler, Eliza Doolittle, Bombay Bicycle Club and many more. The girls hope to hold prize giveaways and a raffle. Talisa and Saskia do a lot of charity work themselves, both have taught at schools and orphanages in Morrocco, Thailand, Swaziland and take part in the “Over The Wall” camps around England and this is another attempt to help out. Chances are they might put on another event on in the summer, so be on the lookout.

At the Hydrant you can expect late night DJ’s and cheap drinks with student discounts with valid NUS card. Tickets are £5 in advance and £6 on the door and every penny goes straight to The Sick Children’s Trust. This is a chance to enjoy some great music for a good cause – so make sure you get your tickets today. Invite all your friends, flatmates, family and what not, to come down for an all-nighter.

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