Avanti’s most recent project to open to the public is a pair of Grade II listed Georgian houses in Bloomsbury, which have been refurbished to provide free accommodation for parents and families of children who are being cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The newly refurbished, five storey houses at 7-8 Sandwich street will help to accommodate families who need to stay close to the hospital as more than half will have come from outside of London.
Last week, former England Rugby Captain Matt Dawson officially opened the new facility, which will be able to house up to twenty five relatives at a time. The light, calm and spacious apartments are located in a terrace very close to the hospital and offer private accommodation with communal living areas for parents who might find comfort in sharing their experiences with others staying there.
Matt Dawson, whose son was treated for Meningitis at the specialist hospital last year, has said he will always feel indebted to Great Ormond Street, Chelsea and Westminster hospital and the Children’s Acute Transfer Service crew.
“When you don’t know whether your child is going to survive an hour or a day, you want to be there for every single second,” Dawson said.
“Having a room where you can have a moment to yourself to digest all the information that’s being thrown at you… it’s very much overlooked but it’s an absolute godsend.”
Great Ormond Street hospital expect to receive around 300 families a year who will benefit from this new accommodation.
Great Ormond Street Hospital