Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a considerable impact on all of us and, as I’m sure you’re aware, is challenging our ability to deliver our core purpose; that of providing free accommodation and support for families with critically ill children in hospital.

The staff in our house continue to provide support to the families currently staying with us. We have a robust process in place to manage health, safety and sanitation. We are working closely with Bristol Royal Hospital for Children – supporting the hospital Trust in as many ways as we can and also following their guidance on infection control.

That said, we have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily suspend acceptance of new families in order to prevent exposure to and the spread of COVID- 19. As a result we must now deliver our core purpose with restrictions.

Please be assured that this temporary measure is being made to strengthen and safeguard the health and welfare of the families currently in our house, as well as that of our staff whose tireless efforts keep our house running.

We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and follow the guidelines given to us by the Department of Health and the WHO. Once we come out of this difficult time, we will return to providing our usual service.

If you would like up to date information on how to manage Coronavirus, current guidelines, as well as an online NHS symptom checker, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

I thank you for your support on behalf of the whole team at RMHB.

Denise Johnson-Carr
Charity Director