Tree of Hope is a national children’s charity that helps the families of children and young people with a disability or illness by supporting them to raise the funds required to access the specialist care for their child which is not freely available through the UK healthcare system.
Although the team is small, the charity’s impact is huge. Last year Tree of Hope raised over £2 million and supported in excess of 800 families. With the UK Health Service facing increasing financial pressures and greater demands, Tree of Hope is committed to increasing the amount raised so the charity can support the ever increasing number of children and young people who benefit from our support. This may range from paying for a cochlear implant, funding sessions of intensive physiotherapy or assisting a family to fundraise for a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation. This procedure has the potential to enable a child with cerebral palsy to walk unaided and until 2014 was available on the NHS. Indeed many of the families fundraising through Tree of Hope are referred by the UK Health Service to enable them to self-fund for operations, therapies and treatments.
We help families to fundraise for operations, therapies and treatments not ordinarily available freely via the UK healthcare services.
We assist with fundraising advice, PR support, discussions around picking suitable treatments, contact with other families with similar issues and marketing materials. We also ring-fence all campaign money individually and claim gift aid and pay out invoices for the services and treatments that the money was originally fundraised for.