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Friends of Chelsea Childrens' Hospital School

FCCHS is a registered charity (No. 1060218) that aims to support the work of Chelsea Community Hospital School by providing additional funding for the Hospital School at its various sites by:

  • offering enjoyable and enriching educational experiences for chronically ill children and young people who are in hospital
  • promoting Chelsea Community Hospital School and The Friends of Chelsea Children's Hospital School (FCCHS)
  • supporting school and FCCHS volunteers and supporters

Funds raised by the charity:

  • help keep the Hospital School open during the 12 weeks school holiday period whilst providing a youth club in the evenings so children and young people can have access to stimulating activities all year round
  • provide for art and drama therapy which help children to process difficult feelings associated with illness and hospital admission
  • enable the school to run our award-winning arts-programme of art, poetry, music, pottery and photography
  • allow us to continue our support for post-16 pupils who have often been in hospital for a prolonged period of time and require continual support and guidance, even after statutory school age
  • guarantee weekly swimming and horse-riding sessions
  • enable enriching trips on our school mini-buses and access to special events
  • enable us to purchase essential IT and sensory equipment
  • provide funds for children at Collingham Child and Family Centre to go on an activity holiday during August

FCCHS raises funds for activities that are important to the development of the whole child with medical and/or mental health conditions but are not funded by the Department of Education. We are very grateful for the continuing support of everyone working with the FCCHS.

Members of FCCHS have run a weekly stall at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital since it opened 20 years ago. We are also delighted that our FCCHS team of volunteers are able to put so much creativity and energy into persuading local shops and businesses to donate gifts to raise money for the hospital school.