Providing emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.
Set up in 1986, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity offer the whole family individually tailored, high quality support through their eight teams of Family Support Workers. They aim to maintain a sense of normality and keep families together by ensuring help is provided not only to the sick child but also anxious parents, grandparents and worried brothers and sisters. No other organisation provides the range of professional care and consistency of contact that Rainbow Trust offers. Their work is a vital emotional and practical lifeline to those who turn to them. Their vision is that one day all terminally ill children and their families will have access to a Rainbow carer.
Rainbow Trust offers support at any stage of illness, from diagnosis, during treatment and throughout bereavement. Very importantly, there is no time limit to the care they provide. Rainbow Trust will stay with a family until they feel that they can cope without their support, sometimes for several years after a child has died. Care is provided to families, irrespective of circumstance, ethnicity, social background, nationality or religion. Many of those who use Rainbow Trust’s services are single parent families with little or no extended family support network.