The Beach House Project

Every family deserves good memories, especially those with a child facing a life-limiting illness.

In South Australia, there is no purpose-built accommodation for families of children with complex medical needs. The WCH Foundation Beach House is a major project aiming to provide respite accommodation for families caring around-the-clock for children* requiring significant support due to a life-limiting illness.

Our Beach House will be a special place for children and their families to relax and create happy memories together.

PROJECT UPDATE: A transformation from block, to slab, to frameworks!

Calling all tradies! Building has begun, but we need your help to finish! If you are a Carpenter, Painter, Tiler or general all-round Handyman and would like to donate your skill, either phone or text 0433 003 977 or send an email. 

How is the Beach House different?

Inside this beautiful home will be all the equipment and disability support tools and resources they need as well as a whole system of provisions such as meals, access to local community and tourism activities and medical assistance. The home is also located close to the South Coast District Hospital should an emergency arise, or medical support is needed.

Above - plans for the WCH Foundation Beach House

Above – plans for the WCH Foundation Beach House

How you can help

We are excited to be commencing the build phase of this vital project, providing a place where families can create happy memories together, however we still need your help to make this Beach House a reality.

Once our Build Partner, Bella Build & Design has finished the construction we still need to complete several items both inside and outside the house to prepare it for families and make it a safe and welcoming place to stay. This includes multiple projects from the landscape of exterior areas through to the internal fit out and fixtures of the house.

Among key considerations that we still need your help to raise funds for includes:

  • Whitegoods and small electrical appliances.
  • Cookware, dinnerware and glassware for the kitchen and outdoor entertaining area.
  • TV/Media Entertainment systems (multiple spaces).
  • Purchase of books, games and sports equipment for family activities.
  • Landscaping including plants, decking, fencing, paving and the purchase of outdoor play equipment and furniture.
  • Full furnishings and interior decoration of bedrooms and living areas.
  • Purchase and installation of specialised medical equipment and purpose built furniture to suit special medical needs of families.

And many, many more items to make the Beach House feel like a relaxing holiday accommodation the whole family can enjoy as opposed to the usual medical facility environment they typically spend a lot of their time in.

Information regarding furniture donations

We greatly appreciate the generosity of our supporters and donors in helping to make projects like the Beach House come to fruition, unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations of furniture and certain home decor items. The families using this purpose-built holiday accommodation will have a child with complex care needs, so the furniture needs to be medically equipped or custom built and adhere to infection control guidelines.

The support for this project from the South Australian community has been overwhelming however we still have a way to go to make this holiday opportunity a reality.

Make a difference

Your donation will also contribute to an ongoing endowment to maintain the house and support services once it’s completed and well into the future, making the Beach House a lifelong sanctuary for some of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s most deserving families.

Please join us on this journey and help us to make our Beach House a reality for the children and families of your Women’s and Children’s Hospital. A place where families can enjoy a beachside getaway where they can take a much needed break to share special experiences that will last a lifetime – however long that may be.

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Stories from our families

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The Stratton Family Story

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Want to hold a fundraiser of your own for the Beach House? Create a fundraising page here.

Find out about general information to share with Family, Friends or Work Colleagues

Our Build Partner

Find out more about our Build Partner, Bella Build & Design, including how you can assist with the construction phase of this project

Media Enquiries

Sarah Fitzharris, Media & Communications Manager

Accommodation Enquiries

We look forward to welcoming our first family to the Beach House in April 2019. All requests for accommodation will be made in consultation with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital please check back later in the year for more information.

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Your gift of $5 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your gift of $10 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your gift of $20 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

Your gift of $25 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children’s days whilst in hospital.

Your gift of $50 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your gift of $75 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer.

Your gift of $39 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to enrich children's days while in hospital ($468 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $49 could help purchase at-home equipment for children recovering at home, meaning more time with their family ($588 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $69 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care ($828 Annual Amount).

Your gift of $99 could help to further fund CAR-T research to assist in finding cures for childhood cancer ($1,188 Annual Amount).

Your $20 gift will keep the pantry stocked with non-perishable food items to make holiday planning a breeze for our families.

Your $50 gift will bring our Beach House to life by providing comfortable and welcoming surroundings for our families to enjoy.

Your $75 gift will bring fun and laughter to the whole family as you build and maintain an assortment of activities for children (big and small!) to enjoy.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will give families a much needed break from the never ending rounds of hospital and doctor visits and instead, focus on making special memories that will last a lifetime.

Your gift of $1,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your gift of $2,500 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your gift of $5,000 will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your gift will help support the build of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Beach House project.

Your generous support will help make the Beach House project at Encounter Lakes, Victor Harbor, a reality.

Your generous support will help us search for a cure for Paediatric Cancer.

Your support of $20 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $30 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $50 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

Your support of $25 will provide families like Hannah’s with access to exceptional care, treatment and services.

Your contribution of $50 will help your Hospital to continue to deliver first class care and services to children like Hannah and their families.

Your donation of $75 will help to fund vital hospital equipment, services and research that helps children like Hannah to have the best chance at recovery.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Your support will make the difference to physical and occupational therapy programs that get children like Hannah home sooner.

You’re donating $0 (minimum of $5). Every dollar makes a difference to helping your hospital and supporting children and their families when they need it most.

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