The Turning of the Sod marked the official start of the building phase of the Women’s Children’s Hospital (WCH) Foundation Beach House project at Victor Harbor.
Together with the hospital acting CEO and chair of the WCH Foundation, the hospital families that have supported the Beach House since its inception picked up a shovel and broke the first ground for this important project on Sunday, August 26.
The land where the home will be built is located at The Island - Encounter Lakes, Lot 13 and 14 Central Drive, Victor Harbor.
Bella Build & Design is the official build partner of the WCH Foundation Beach House.
The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation Beach House will be a special place for children who not only require palliative care, but also those suffering other life limiting or long term chronic illness, and their families to relax and create happy memories together.
Inside this home will be all the equipment and disability support tools and resources they need as well as a whole system of support such as meals, access to activities and medical assistance. The home is located close to the South Coast District Hospital, should an emergency arise, or medical support is needed.
WCH Foundation CEO Jane Scotcher said the support for the project from the South Australian community was overwhelming.
“With your help, families will enjoy a Beach House getaway where they can take a much needed break to share special experiences that will last a lifetime – however long that may,” Ms Scotcher said.
The goal is to raise $2.5 million to construct a purpose built holiday home
“For many families caring for a child with a life limiting illness or complex care needs, these types of holidays can be financially and logistically out of reach. I commenced in the role of CEO of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation in March 2017 and I am absolutely thrilled to be involved in a project that will benefit so many deserving families,” she said.
“Prior to my time at the WCH Foundation, I was the Executive Offcer of Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide for 17 years, so I know, first hand, what a difference the Beach House project will make to our families. We cannot change the journey for families but we can definitely make it easier.”