Priaulx Foundation opens its third Southampton flat
The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation has officially opened its third flat next to Southampton Hospital yesterday.
‘Frankie’s Den’ was bought thanks to a donation from local couple Ken and Linda Acott, who have named the flat after their beloved family dog who passed away in 2021 aged only four.
A special portrait of Frankie, commissioned by artist Ryan Dawe, was unveiled on the day and took pride of place in the flat’s refurbished kitchen.
The charity’s co-founder Jo Priaulx said the official opening had gone incredibly well.
‘We were all full of excitement when we flew into Southampton on Friday morning,’ she said.
‘It was such a joy seeing everyone’s faces when they walked in, complimenting all of the work that we’ve been doing. This was the first time that Ken and Linda saw the finished flat in person and it was a pleasure to show them around. It was a real celebration, and this wouldn’t have been possible without them.’
‘The new flat means that we can offer accommodation to even more Guernsey families during hard times, and the community’s support through our Buy A Night campaign will keep our compassionate housing open for years to come.’
The two-bedroom flat was purchased in February this year and has been renovated over the past few months.
The three PPBF flats, Aggie’s Burrow, Isaac’s Pad and now Frankie’s Den offer a home-from-home for local families with children at Southampton Hospital, providing a sanctuary for parents and siblings of either premature babies or critically ill children.
The proximity of the flats to the hospital means that parents can be at their child’s bedside at any time, day or night.
n More information on the charity and the Buy A Night campaign can be found at www.ppbf.org.gg/buy-a-night