The Beach House

The WCH Foundation Beach House, located within the picturesque Encounter Lakes in Victor Harbor, is an extraordinary holiday home where families can relax and create wonderful memories.

The Beach House is South Australia’s first and only purpose-built holiday home for families with children with complex medical needs or in palliative care.

The great Australian family getaway is at the beach and thanks to the Beach House the opportunity to experience this quintessential holiday is now possible for these families.

In June 2019 the first family to stay at the Beach House was welcomed.


Photo credit: Danny Jenkins Photography.

Why the Beach House is so special

The Beach House is the perfect sanctuary for families to relax and spend treasured time together.

The home is specifically designed, constructed and medically equipped to meet the needs of children with complex medical needs or in palliative care, while the beautiful interiors, landscaping and sweeping views of the lake create a sense of calm and wellness.

The Beach House can sleep up to 12 people allowing immediate and extended family, as well as friends to stay, so everyone can experience this special holiday.

The dream for the Beach House

In 1999, Nurse Practitioner Sara Fleming, set up the first Paediatric Palliative Care Service in Australasia at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.

Every day, this team helps children and families live life to the max. Out of her desire to make a difference, the dream for the Beach House was born.

In 2013, when the WCH Foundation heard of Sara’s dream to build the Beach House and the difference it would make, the Foundation was driven to make it a reality and felt compelled to take on the ambitious, but necessary project.

Laklinyeri

Building connections to the Ngarrindjeri-Ramindjeri people and country, to acknowledge the traditional landowners where the Beach House is located, was very important to the WCH Foundation.

As a tribute to traditional custodians of the local area, the Beach House also has an Aboriginal name — Laklinyeri.

Ramindjeri artist, Cedric Varcoe, explains the meaning of Laklinyeri.

“Laklinyeri alludes to many things relating to family; close family and the larger grouping of families related through kinship, stories, songs and dance. The name denotes a sense of belonging to all of the family, your place and interconnections with each other, the land, the place and the life in that place. Laklinyeri encompasses the heart, the mind, the sense of being. Everything continues to be connected through time.”

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 monthly donation of $20 could assist in delivering our play therapy sessions, bringing smiles and reducing anxiety during a child’s stay in hospital.

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

Your monthly donation of $30 could provide necessary equipment for babies in neonatal intensive care.

Your monthly donation of $50 could help to invest in the latest medical research, helping to find cures and invest in our future.

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 gift of $20 fills families like Dimi’s with hope and confidence when they need it most.

Your gift of $30 helps to deliver outstanding care to children like Dimi and their families.

Your gift of $50 could fund vital hospital equipment, services and research providing children like Dimi the best chance at recovery.

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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 donation will contribute to ensuring the WCH Foundation can fund families’ stays well into the future making the Beach House a sanctuary for years to come.

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 gift of $25 could assist in delivering our Play Therapist sessions to create an interactive and bright environment making patients feel more at home.

Your gift of $50 helps to deliver outstanding care to children giving them the best chance to get home sooner.

Your gift of $75 funds vital research providing children the best chance at recovery.

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