Until the latter part of 2017, the Western Cape Region had had three CHOC houses that provide a ‘home away from home’ for families that travel long distances for treatment. The CHOC Lodge Tygerberg provides assistance to families receiving treatment at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital, while the CHOC House Plumstead and CHOC House Bergvliet took in families from Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital.
In 2017 after much consultation, CHOC sold the Bergvliet CHOC House. The Bergvliet House was 15.5 km away from Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and 15.4 km from Groote Schuur Hospital. The decision to sell the House was made because the Region needed a property closer to the treatment centres which could not only be used by the Regional Office and be a home away from home for families whose children are undergoiong treatment.
We were thrilled to secure a property in Sybrand Park, which is merely 1,1 km away from Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and much more accessible for families, our Volunteers and stakeholders. The Sybrand Park CHOC House can accommodate four parents/caregivers and children. The House will officially be opened through a House Warming Party on 12 July 2018.