22 October 2018 At the hospital

Partnership delivers more meals for families of critically ill kids

Parents of critically ill children at the Queensland Children’s Hospital can enjoy a free home-cooked meal without the worry of leaving their child, thanks to a new partnership between the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Scarlett May Foundation.

The Scarlett May Foundation – established by Aidan and Renee Lamberth in honour of their baby daughter Scarlett who passed away in 2014 – has been providing meals for families in the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for the past three years.

These nourishing, allergy and diet-sensitive meals mean parents can look after themselves and maintain their strength without having to leave their child’s side for more than a few minutes. This ensures families can spend precious time together when it matters most.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has now committed $25,000 to the Scarlett May Foundation’s meal support program, enabling it to double its production to almost 600 meals a month.  The meals are now also available for parents in the emergency overnight accommodation suite, and the inpatient oncology ward.

To support this expansion further, the Children’s Hospital Foundation will purchase extra freezers for 10B, the Indigenous Hospital Liaison Officer (IHLO) office, and the hospital’s Social Work department, so that any families in need can access homemade meals at no cost.

Rosie Simpson, Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO with Renee and Aidan Lamberth, and Fionnagh Dougan, Children’s Health Queensland CEO.

Children’s Hospital Foundation chief executive officer Rosie Simpson said the Foundation was extremely proud to work alongside the Scarlett May Foundation to help make time in hospital just a little bit easier for families.

“Having a child in hospital is tough enough for parents as it is, without them having to worry about how they will feed themselves and other members of the family,” Ms Simpson said.

“An easy, tasty home-cooked meal is a small thing that can make a big difference to parents during such a challenging time, as Renee and Aidan can personally attest.”

“Some parents are transported to the hospital unexpectedly with nothing but the clothes on their back, after experiencing the worst day of their lives.

“We’re delighted that this partnership with the Scarlett May Foundation will enable them to help even more families in times of need.”

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