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Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

by Peter Wells

More than 300 children and young people who are seriously ill with complex life-long conditions, will receive specialist nursing care thanks to a grant of £60,000 from Berkshire Freemasons to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Thanks to the Freemasons, the charity has been able to establish a Roald Dahl Nurse Specialist at The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Hannah Gerrard will specialise in caring for children and young people aged 14-25 with epilepsy and other complex conditions Hannah’s role will focus on supporting those that are transitioning from children’s to adult services, which often provide a significant traumatic change.

Hannah’s duties will include liaising with other specialist teams, working with schools, parents and holding monthly clinics. Support will be provided at the start of the young person’s transition to adult services at 14 years to ensure that they are ready. Each beneficiary will have a personalised health transition plan. This role will reduce the anxiety and stress for the patient and their family.

Hannah Gerrard, Specialist Epilepsy Transition Nurse

Roald Dahl Nurse Specialist Hannah Gerrard, said:

“I am delighted to become the first-ever Roald Dahl Nurse Specialist in Berkshire. For young people with epilepsy and their families, transitioning into adult services can be an extremely daunting and complex time. It is a real privilege to be in the position to provide the much-needed specialist support and care these people need, and I am extremely grateful to Berkshire Freemasons for helping to make this possible.”

The grant from Berkshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

Louise Griew, Peter Sands, and Hannah Gerrard.

Louise Griew, Chief Executive at Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, said:

“We’re very grateful to Berkshire Freemasons for their generous grant which has helped to fund this vital new post. Too many seriously ill children and young people experiencing epilepsy and other very serious conditions don’t have access to a nurse specialist. Ensuring young people in Berkshire receive the specialist and personalised care and support they need is crucial and will provide a vital lifeline to hundreds of children and families.”

Peter Sands, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Berkshire Freemasons, said:

“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help provide this essential nursing care for children with epilepsy in Berkshire. It’s a very difficult time for the young people and their families as they transition from children’s to adult services and this specialist support will make a huge difference.”

Peter Sands, Hannah Gerrard, and Louise Griew

More information about Roald Dahl’s Marvelous Children’s Charity can be found on their website: Home | Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity (roalddahlcharity.org)

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