Scarcroft Golf Club has announced Martin House Children’s Hospice as its chosen charity for 2019-2020.
The new Captains, Ross Knapman (Men’s Captain) and Kay Gordon (Ladies Captain) have chosen local hospice, Martin House as their chosen charity throughout their term.
Martin House help children and young people with a life-limiting condition, along with their families, to live well and fully, offering the best possible end of life care and support to the family in bereavement.
When Martin House opened its doors to children and their families in 1987, they became only the second children's hospice in the UK. Since that time, they have played a leading role in the development of the philosophy and delivery of children's hospice care, not only in the UK but throughout the world.
Martin House has nine bedrooms: seven for planned stays and two for emergencies where children will be allocated their own room during their stay. All are suitable for all children, even those with complex needs.
Some of the children might receive hospice care for a relatively short time, for example if they have a malignant disease such as cancer where palliative care is an option. The majority have longer term, progressive disorders such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or Batten's Disease. These children might use the hospice over a much longer period of time.
It costs over £8 million a year to provide this vital service to over 400 families and 170 bereaved families in the region, only receiving approximately 11% funding towards the costs of its charitable activities.