The project, called Jess’s Dream, was inspired by Hexham teenager Jessica Robson.
Before she tragically passed away in 2014, Jessica set up her own charity called Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness with a dream of building lodges for youngsters undergoing cancer treatment. Whilst Jessica was ill, she did not want to travel too far from hospital in Newcastle in case she became poorly. The site that the team has secured planning permission on is located close to the A69 to the West of Hexham, within easy reaching distance of both Newcastle and Carlisle hospitals.
SBA designed the scheme including a bespoke 3-bed lodge and two smaller ‘glamping’ pods which will provide respite care for young people and their families
SBA alongside a host of other North East companies have given their time and expertise for free for the project inspired by the final wishes of a Jessica. We are delighted to see that following planning permission, and design development, that work has now commenced on site.
Jessica’s mum Julie, said: “One of Jess’s wishes while fundraising and receiving treatment was to raise enough money to buy a lodge so that children and teenagers undergoing cancer treatment could spend time relaxing and enjoying quality family time with loved ones. Jessica was never selfish, always smiling and never gave up. She didn’t deserve this awful disease, but I want Jessica’s spirits to live on, even if her body doesn’t. We are one proud family and I want everyone to know what an inspiration she was.”
To follow the construction phase of the project click here