Since our foundation in Cyprus in 1998, Alkionides had the dream of building a "Nest" in central London to house under-privileged families who are obliged to stay in the UK for essential medical treatments that cannot be carred out in Cyprus. The cost of accommodation in central London is prohibitive for the patients. In 2010 we managed to bring our dream to fruition!
We built our "Nest", by renting rooms in a flat in Paddington from where access to central London hospitals and specialists is convenient, thereby reducing transport costs and anxiety. The rooms are fully equipped and fully furnished providing our families with comfort and peace of mind. Cypriot TV is provided in order to ensure that the families do not feel alienated in a foreign country with a foreign language. Internet is also provided and friends of the charity visit with gifts to help the patients ease their pain. Alkionides Volunteers devote their time and skills to assist the patients and their families. They provide transport, translation and moral support. Over the years the Alkionides "Nest" has proved to be an invaluable source of love, warmth and stability to our guests, even providing them with an important sense of independence which we often take for granted. Families staying at the Alkionides "Nest" can cook together and support each other so they do not feel alone.
Our first guests, back in March 2010, were two six year old girls and their families: Maria was receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer and Stella was undergoing plastic surgery at Harley Street for a congenital facial deformity. Since then more than 100 families have benefitted from our facility often returning several times. Being able to provide the "Nest" is key to the role of Alkionides UK, but its success depends on continuing support from sponsors, members and volunteers. If you would like to help then please visit the Get Involved page to learn more.