The LATCH home from home accommodation is undergoing an exciting refurbishment project from Monday 16th April which will help to provide a more modern, comfortable experience for the families we support.
For health and safety reasons, this requires a total shutdown of the entire LATCH floor, meaning all of our eight bedrooms will be unavailable for the coming weeks. All other LATCH Support Services, including our Social Work Service, remain unaffected.
The LATCH accommodation suite comprises eight bedrooms (six of which are en-suite), a kitchen and dining area and two lounges – aimed at creating a “home from home” for families who want to be with their children during their stay in hospital.
Children come from all parts of Wales to receive treatment for cancer and leukaemia (from Chepstow in the East to Aberystwyth in the West) so having free on-site accommodation available is a vital lifeline for these families.
Denise Henderson, General Manager of LATCH, commented: “The most recent upgrade took place back in 2013 and, since then, hundreds of families have benefitted from using the LATCH accommodation suite but this has taken its toll on the facilities. As well as general wear and tear, the décor is looking slightly outdated and we are very keen to ensure families have the best experience possible when staying with us.”
She continued: “As LATCH relies entirely on the generosity of fundraisers across Wales, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped us to achieve this upgrade. Families often comment on the difference it makes to have a home cooked meal, to avoid huge travel costs and time spent in traffic, or to simply feel carpet beneath their feet, and we’re excited to re-open as soon as the work has been carried out.”