COATHAM – Seaside Home for Sick Children
Accreditation the Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 27/10/1871.
S E A S I D E H O M E F O R S I C K
C O A T H A M, R E D C A R,
The Countess of Cottenham.
The Dowager Viscountess Downe.
Lady Susan Vernon Harcourt.
Lady Harriet C. Duncombe.
The Honourable. Mrs. Kenton.
Mrs. Worsley, of Hovingham.
Mrs . Pennyman.
Mrs. Bewicke Bewick.
HON. MEDICAL STAFF:-
J. H. Bennett, Esq., M.D.
J. Ellerton, Esq., M.D.
T. W. S. Locke, Esq., M.R.C.S.
The Seaside Home for Sick Children, owes its origin to the unrivalled necessities of the sick children of the poor, and dates its commencement from July in the present year, when a cottage, facing the sea, was rented by the Sisters of the Cottage Hospital at Middlesbro’, and, by the kindness of visitors and friends in the neighbourhood, was furnished with cribs and cots for the reception of ten children.
The want of such a Home by the sea has long been held and testified to by the shocking mortality amongst children of the polar and lower middle class. Many thousands of union lives are sacrificed year after year in our great manufacturing towns, falling victims to zymotic, scrofulous, and other disorders, of which it is computed that two thirds would yield to medical treatment if backed by careful nursing and the influence of sea air.
To check, in some degree, this waste of human life; to stem if possible, this torrent of death, and to afford to the families of the labouring and mechanic classes, some of those remedial advantages which are so much prized and so freely employed by the upper classes of society, this Seaside Home for Sick Children is now sought to be established on a wider and more permanent basis than is possible in its present situation. A fine site of half an acre, with a frontage demanding an extensive view of the sea – to which there is an uninterrupted access, and pressing also, on the other side, the advantage of a warm southern aspect, has been generously presented by A. H. Turner Newcomen, Esq., and designs for a suitable building for the reception of 30 children are in the course of preparation by T. Hodgson Fowler, Esq., Architect to the Dean and Chapter of Durham.
The work has the entire sanctioning of the vicar of the parish, the personal assistance of many kind resident ladies, and the advantage of most able medical advice and attendance, which are rendered gratuitously.
Children, free from infectious diseases, are received from infancy to the age of 14, at a charge of 5s. per week (which charge is dispensed with in those cases in which extreme poverty and friendliness make the payment of even this support impossible), and the usual privileges are accorded to subscribers.
The promoters of this charitable scheme, relying upon the Divine aid, confidently appeal to the sympathies of the benevolent public, for encouragement and assistance to enable them to commence the permanent structure of the Seaside Home for Sick Children at Coatham.
Donations towards the building fund, annual subscriptions, &c., May be sent by crossed cheques all P. O. O. to
The Seaside Home for Sick Children,
Coatham, Redcar; to
Mrs, BEWICKE BEWICKE,
Coulby Manor, Middlesbro’; or to the
Revd. A. E. CLEMENTI-SMITH,
Coatham House, Coatham, Redcar.