17 June 2016
Craig Hatch is head of our asset management discipline currently leading group wide initiatives in this area of work. He has over 30 years' experience in a range of senior programme management and framework director roles in diverse sectors, including commercial, nuclear, mining, residential, heritage, regeneration and healthcare.
But the work doesn't stop there as he and his family carry out round-the-clock care for his son Fraser, who has cerebral palsy. He also serves as a parent representative for Wellchild, the national charity for sick children whose work ensures the best possible care and support for these children and their families.
To help raise awareness of parents and their family members who act as carers in their own homes, the Wellchild Parent Advisory Group launched the national campaign #notanurse_but.
Families are encouraged to tell their own stories, using the hashtag #notanurse_but with the aim to shine a light on the reality of life behind closed doors. Its goal – to gather the evidence and highlight to decision makers the huge gaps in support that currently exist and need to be filled to ensure children like Fraser, are safe in their own homes.
Commenting on his carer role, Craig said: “It's hard work. You have to get involved in lots of things you never envisaged that you would. A lot of medical interventions, a lot of clinical care and its non-stop, 24 hour care that we need to provide for Fraser.”
As part of Craig’ commitment to fundraising, he will be embarking on a mission to climb the ‘UK Three Peaks ‘ of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in a 36 hour period in July.
Craig said: “I am looking to raise as much funding as I can to support WellChild as I have seen it deliver some fantastic support to children who need it the most. My Just giving page can be found here should you wish to help me support this great cause.”
Visit the #notanurse_but campaign on Facebook for their #notanurse_but it's Father's Day campaign this weekend.