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: The house and ceiling framework is complete and roofing is underway! (February 2019)
IMAGE CREDIT: Danny Jenkins Photography
The entire framework for the house including the ceiling framing is now complete with the roofing scheduled to be completed by the end of February. All the windows and sliding doors are going in and the external cladding is going up.
The feature brickwork that spans the wall of the main living area out onto the deck has been completed, as has the large concrete slab in the main living areas of the house, ready to be polished once construction is finished. Finally, all the interior linings and insulation have commenced, and the track for the Patient Track Handling System in one of the main bedrooms has now been installed. This special feature is just one example of what makes this house so special and makes the impossible possible for our families.
It is so exciting to see the Beach House dream becoming a reality. The next stage of the project will include the landscaping, which will start in early March.
We look forward to welcoming our first family in June 2019.
PROJECT UPDATE: The frame is completed, roof is on and windows installed! (December 2018)
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.
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.
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
Want to know more?
Want to hold a fundraiser of your own for the Beach House? Create a fundraising page here.
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
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.Back to all projects