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.

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PROJECT UPDATE: The construction phase is nearly complete, and the landscape transformation has begun! (March 2019)

The build of the WCH Foundation Beach House has progressed quickly thanks to our Build Partner, Bella Build & Design and to the countless trades and building supply companies who have so generously contributed in-kind materials and labour to keep the project on schedule.

The next stage for the project is the landscaping. Our landscaping partner, Coastal Landscapes & Fencing, based locally in Victor Harbor, are proud to be able to work with our Foundation and the hospital on such an important project.


IMAGE CREDIT: Danny Jenkins Photography

Owner Don Bailey said, “Coastal Landscapes and Fencing are privileged to be involved with the with the WCH Foundation Beach House as it is a very worthwhile endeavour that has far reaching positive affects for the many families that will use it.”

The design for the ‘play-scaping’ of the exterior is an integral part of contributing to the memory making aspect for our families. Our desire is that the Beach House will be a true holiday destination, showcasing the vast and beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, especially for families who may experience difficulties exploring the region.

“Having a safe, beautiful and thoroughly equipped home and yard for families to come for a holiday and create wonderful memories is precious to those going through the headache of a sick child.” Don said.

With a sensory bike track, dry creek bed and wheelchair accessible cubby house plus multiple play zones to suit all ages, the design encourages creative and interactive activities to entertain or simply relax as a family. It is so exciting after all this time to see our Beach House taking shape and we can’t wait to welcome our first family.

PROJECT UPDATE: The frame is completed, roof is on and windows installed! (December 2018)

For previous project updates, click here. 

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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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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

Download WCH Foundation Beach House Project Brochure for more information.

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.

Stories from our families

Sebby, Anna and Marc’s Story.

Allira and Remiko’s Story

The Stratton Family Story

The Roberts Family Story.

Want to know more?

Find out about Corporate Partnership opportunities

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

Corinne Habel, Head of Fundraising

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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