Charlie's Story 

12-year-old Charlie has congenital muscular dystrophy, scoliosis and hip dysplasia. For many children like Charlie who use wheelchairs for mobility, finding a place to stay for a family holiday that meets their needs can be challenging.

In April 2023, Charlie, his parents, and his grandmother stayed at our Laklinyeri Beach House – a purpose-built, medically equipped holiday home for families of children with complex care needs or children in palliative care, as well as bereaved families.

Charlie’s parents, Jodie and Steven, said, “We don’t plan many family holidays due to difficulty finding suitable and accessible accommodation. To have a house with everything supplied was really welcoming, and a much-needed break for our family."

Jodie and Steven say, “We loved the house and found all of the facilities so easy, useful and accessible for Charlie in his electric wheelchair.”

“Having all of the equipment options available on-site, and bikes and beach chairs, is so convenient and means you don’t have to bring everything.”

Charlie enjoing his stay at the Beach House in Victor Harbor.

About the Laklinyeri Beach House   

The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation ‘Laklinyeri’ Beach House, located within the picturesque Encounter Lakes in Victor Harbor, is an extraordinary holiday home where families can relax and create wonderful memories.

Officially opened in July 2019, the Beach House is South Australia’s first purpose-built holiday home for families with children with complex medical needs or in palliative care.

The great Australian family getaway is at the beach and thanks to the Beach House the opportunity to experience this quintessential holiday is now possible for these families.

Family stays are funded through donations made to the WCH Foundation. We work closely with the families to help create bespoke holidays to meet their wishes and needs, whether it is enjoying experiences in the local Victor Harbor area or a professional photography session to capture the special moments.

Read more

Ava's Story

Baby Ava is a newborn baby recently discharged from Women’s and Children’s Hospital into foster care as her birth parents are not able to care for her for complex reasons. Ava and her aunt access support from the Infant Mental Health Clinician as part of our Cocoon team.
Read more 

Will's Story

After a camping incident resulted in Will being flown to the Women's and Children's Hospital, his family share their experience with Play Therapy during their many visits and how it has helped Will and their family during tough times. Read more.

Percy's Story

Percy was the very first patient to undergo NAM therapy at the Women's and Children's Hospital after his mum, Stephanie, had confirmation at her 20-week ultrasound scan that he had a bilateral cleft lip and palate, which meant he would be born with openings on both sides of his upper lip and the roof of his mouth. Read more