Aggie's Burrow, Isaac's Pad and Frankie's Den are our three Southampton apartments we offer to families who's children need treatment in the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton. They provide a safe haven and offer privacy and comfort to families during immensely difficult times
The PPBF worked tirelessly to raise much-needed funds for its Burrow Appeal, which launched in 2015. The appeal’s aim was for the charity to own a property close to Southampton General Hospital that would offer local families a comfortable place to stay while their little ones underwent vital hospital care.
Thanks to islanders’ generosity, fundraising campaigns such as ‘Buy-a-Brick’ and a substantial gift from a Guernsey-based charitable trust set up by Jim Wilkinson and his late wife Peggy, the charity was able to realise its ambitious goal to pass its total of £150,000 two years earlier than planned.
The appeal was further boosted when a second property was gifted to the charity, a two-bedroomed apartment, located within the same complex.
Local businesses including Creaseys, Beds1st and Whites & Company, amongst many many others helped with furnishing, transportation to kit out the apartments.
The PPBF always had a dream to be able to offer a property close to the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton - a hospital where many local babies and children have to go when requiring off island treatment.
Isaac's Pad was named after a premature baby boy who spent 29 days in Southampton Hospital. His parents had been staying in a hotel and realised how extremely difficult it was to be a bus ride journey from your baby, which felt like a million miles away. We're forever grateful to the family who went on to fundraise for the PPBF to help purchase a flat right next door to the hospital, which we call Isaac's Pad.
We were able to offer our first accommodation in 2010. A fully furnished, 2 bedroom apartment within touching distance of the hospital. The flat also allows grandparents and siblings to stay, giving parents invaluable support from their own families.
Frankie's Den is the newest addition to the PPBF's compassionate housing. Just along the corridor from Aggie's Burrow, this two-bedroom flat has been kindly funded by the generous Ken and Linda Acott. The flat is named after the couple's late cockapoo Frankie, who loved babies and children alike. Renovations are under way, and Frankie's Den is expected to officially open its doors to Guernsey families in June 2023. From the living room, families will be able to see Southampton Hospital, which is a reassuring reminder that they can be by their child's side within minutes.Read Full Story
days Issac’s Pad, our first apartment has been occupied since launch
days Aggie’s Burrow, our second apartment has been occupied since launch
Babies on the Guernsey Neonatal Unit since the charity began in 2003
£156k the amount we need to raise each year to continue to support families in their hour of need