The Karen Morris Memorial Trust was set up in June 1999 to continue the fundraising initiative of a 23 year old student who passed away on 18th September 1998, just one year after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.
The importance of family support during a period of illness is well recognised; what is not so often appreciated is that a strong bond between patient and family can be a crucial factor in the success of a treatment. Not only does the patient benefit - the family also needs emotional support. Unfortunately, due to a lack of affordable, appropriate accommodation, patients and their families cannot always share a physical and emotional closeness during periods of extended hospital treatment. The Karen Morris Memorial Trust meets that need. It currently funds three Karen's Homes from Home at London's Hammersmith, Cambridge's Addenbrookes and Oxford's Churchill hospitals. These flatlets offer well appointed, comfortable accommodation for leukaemia patients' families and for the patients themselves if they are able to leave the "cabin fever" of the ward even for a few hours.
“Many many thanks for providing a lovely home for us during my husband's bone marrow transplant.
I was able to cook all his meals which enabled his early recovery. Such a pleasant experience not to have to worry about accommodation at a stressful time. Heartfelt 'thank you'.”
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