Building the Beach House

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, who have limited time together, live for every month. 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.

Making the Beach House a reality

The WCH Foundation partnered with South Australian business to design, build and landscape the Beach House. 

Turning of the sod took place in August 2018. The Beach House was completed in late-May 2019. 

Official Build Partner – Bella Build & Design

Architect – Greenway Architects

Landscaping – Coastal Landscapes and Fencing

Photo credit: Danny Jenkins Photography.

Founding Families

A group of the Founding Families at the Beach House with Nurse Practitioner Sara Fleming.


At the heart of the Beach House build was a group of families, whose sons, daughters, sisters and brothers were cared for by the WCH Palliative Care Service, but who sadly lost their brave fights.

These families are known as the ‘Founding Families’ and comprise the Project Advisory Group.

Working with WCH Foundation and Nurse Practitioner Sara Fleming, the Founding Families provided knowledge and insight into what the families who stay at the Beach House will need was invaluable and helped shape the home.


Build supporters

Building the Beach House was made possible through sustained and widespread support from the South Australian community.

Working alone as individuals, the Beach House would not have become reality. But collectively, the South Australian community has created an enduringly beautiful and welcoming home to be enjoyed for many years to come.

The WCH Foundation acknowledges the major donors to the Beach House project.

Bella Build & Design and the Bellardino Family | Betty Pelton Trust | CMV Group Foundation | Estate of Valerie Kilgour | Golden Angels | Sam Roberts Family Fund ‘Cycle4Sam’ | Ian Wall AM and Pamela Wall OAM | Thyne Reid Foundation | van Diemen Foundation

The WCH Foundation thanks the following individuals and organisations for their generous support of the Beach House Project with gifts greater than $1000 received before 30 June 2019.

7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment | Abbatiello Concrete Constructions | Above and Beyond | Access Hardware | Accord Property Group | Addcat Earthmoving | Adelaide Appeals Committee | Adelaide General Plumbing Pty Ltd | Adelaide Sign and Graphics | AF Lorenzin | AHT Health | Alan Robson | Albert Sand & Metal | ALH Group | Alisa & Lysandra Interiors | Amway | Andrew and Hanna Andreyev | Anna Pak Poy and Marc Coupar | Anthony Giustozzi | Anthony and Mike Lovegrove | AON Insurance | ATF Services | Audrey Fletcher | Australian Paving Centre Middleton | Balfours | Ballestrin Construction Services | Barry Briggs | Bathroom Innovations | Beavis Plumbing Services |  Belle Property Adelaide Group  | Bianco Hire | Bianco Reinforcing | Big Roar | Boral | BT Insurance | Budget Landscape and Building Supplies | Bunnings | Burnside Village | Caeserstone | Cathy Elliott | Cavallo Forest | CCK Lawyers | Cerbis Ceramics SA | Charlesworth Nuts | Claudine Law | Climbing Tree  | CMV Group Staff Charitable Foundation | Coastal Landscapes and Fencing | Coates Hire | Codan Ltd | Columbus Family | Comunet | Condessa Construction | Connie Crossing | Cops for Kids | Copyworld | Costco Wholesale Australia | Cox Consulting Engineers | CSR Bradford | CSR | Cyprus Community of SA | Dandevco | Danny Jenkins Photography | David and Karen Rogers | David and Nat Scutchings and Family | David Ferrari | David Meyer | David Smelt | Davison Earthmovers | Décor Lighting | Dennis Hill | Dickson Glass & Aluminium | Direct Mix Concrete | DISCOL | DMAW Lawyers | Donald McGurk and Sally Crothers | Dr and Mrs John Ling | Dr Andrew Fah | Dr Duyen Pham | Dr Jason Ward and Shevaun Bruland | Dr Joe Verco AM | Dr Kar Woh and Katrina Ng | Dr William and Mrs Feng Tam | DSTAL Electrical | Eco Walling Systems | Emma Dimauro  | Estia | Event Hospitality & Entertainment | Fleurieu & Hills Insurance | Fleurieu Beach House Committee | Flinders Timber and Hardware | Fortinet | Fran Gerard | Frances Schultz | Garden Grove | Garrick Golf Day | Georges on Waymouth | Georgia Pyman Fund | Gibbon Group | Ginos Group | Giulia Reveruzzi | GMR Interiors  | Grange Homes | Great Southern Rail | Greenway Architects | Greg and Sophia Otto | Guardian Temporary Fencing | H and J Carreker | Hai Sam Construction | Harbour Town Premium Outlets Adelaide | Harcourts South Coast | Harry and Angela Papageorge | Hayley Simon Garden Design | Heather Fischer | Hugh and Fiona MacLachlan | Imogen Cenko Family Fund | In celebration of Deidre Slade | In memory of Antonio Condessa | In memory of Hannah Maddock | In memory of Lan Giang | In memory of Sebastian Coupar | IPC Granite | James Hardie | Jame Jam Painting Services | JMD Security Services | Joanna Collins | John and Sarah Lindsay | John McArther | John Oliver | John Wark & Son | Johns’ Print Centre | JMP Electrical & Security | Julian and Kay Burton | Kerry Tripodi | King Living | LAI Switchboards Australia | Lauren and Jessie Mellington | Leske Building | Lib and Rob Sanders | Lilah Sophie Bishop Family Fund | Lovegrove Electrical | Mario De Palma | Mark Richards | McDonald’s Trinity Gardens | McLaren Vale Beach House Committee | McMahon Services | Michael and Blaga DiMauro | Michael and Paula Vidale | Michael Hill-Smith | Michael and Elena Kar | Mick O’Connor and Janet Coutts | Milang Tractor Road Run | Mister Doors | My Dental on Prospect | Navy Headquarters South Australia | Nick DiMauro | Next Gen Flooring | Nocelle Foods | Nordic Design Furniture | Oaknest Property Management and real-estate. com | Orbe Hairdressing | Paul Hammond | Pelican Panels Australia | Peregrine Corporation | Peter Stobie | Piper Alderman | Polyaire | Port Elliot Beach House Committee | Port Hughes Angling Competition Community | Pro Concrete Polishing | Prof Matthew and Mrs Beverley McDonald | Prof Ted Mah and Dr Jane Zhang | Qatar Airways | Quality Ceilings (SA) | QVC Joinery | R&CJ Komazec | RAAF Edinburgh | Reece Plumbing | Remlap Tracking | Rheem Australia | Rhys Columbus | Robert Gully | Rocco and Josephine Cavallo | Roof Dimensions | Rotary Club of Encounter Bay | Russell and Judy Ward | Ryan’s Fruit and Veg | SA Construct | SA Power Networks Employee Foundation | SA Structural | Sabcal Tiling Pty Ltd | Sabrina Mangos Foundation | Sage Automation | Sagero Structural and Civil Engineering  | Sassafrass | Scarlett Rose Taylor SMA Fund | Schneider Electric | Sebert | Shaw Inc | Smart Fabrication | Smartsteel Frames | Smith Brothers Plumbing | SND Accountants & Advisors | South Coast Realty Victor Harbor | South Coast Sand & Civil | Southern Cross Austereo ‘Give me 5 for Kids’ | Southern Stainless Fabrications | Southern Suburbs Pest Control | Specialist Air Management | Spranz Family Foundation | Statesman Windows | State of Surf | Stevens Structural | Stratco | Sweethearts Anonymous | Switched On Electrical | Tadmar Electrical | Tailored Cleaning Services | Tecon Australia | The Glenbrook Retirement Village | The House of Healing | The Stylist Loves | The Turf Farm | Theo and Julie Marinis | Thunderbird Port Elliot  | Timco Mitre 10 | TMK Engineering | Tom Goodfellow Memorial Assistance Fund | Tom Pearce | Tonino and Helen Rapuano | Topline Electrical | Traegers Earthmoving & Transport | United Cranes & Rigging Pty Ltd  | Vergola | Veolia Environmental Services | Victor Concrete Pumping | Victor Harbor Times | Wark Bricklayers | Wayne Chao and Diane Hu | WC Plumbing Services | Westpac | Westpac Mortgage Centre | Will Fitridge and Klemich Real Estate | Wirra Wirra Wines | Workspace | WT Partnership | X Convenience  | Yorgo Kaporis | Yu-Chuan Lee | Zagari Concrete | Zen Energy |


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