About Caroline Meehan

Hi, I'm Caroline Meehan. Just over a year ago I had an idea that might help the families of rural patients in need of somewhere to stay whilst their loved one is being treated in hospital, little did I know that this small idea would grow into a large, not-for-profit charity called Heartfelt Homes. Ironically – and devastatingly – my husband was diagnosed with cancer shortly after I set up Heartfelt Homes. Since then my husband, our two small children and myself have learnt first-hand how frightening, emotional and expensive such an experience can be, as we live in rural NSW. I have now discovered for myself just how essential Heartfelt Homes is. I am very proud of the work we do and very lucky to have a great team of people working for Heartfelt Homes who are as enthusiastic and passionate as I am.

Mother of severely injured six-year-old facing the prospect of treating son herself.

2017-03-24T03:32:10+00:00 March 24th, 2017|

Toby* was just a typical six-year-old boy from Orange, NSW. The energetic young lad was living the same life as any other six-year-old; running around, kicking a ball, and settling into his first couple of years at school. Then, on a day that started just like any other, disaster struck, and he suffered an accident

“I fully believe that it’s because of Heartfelt Homes that this little girl is alive today.”

2017-10-26T14:28:50+00:00 March 14th, 2017|

It's not easy to put the work that you do into the lifesaving category; especially when you're not on the front line administering emergency medical treatment. Heartfelt Homes exists because I witnessed firsthand the problem that lack of affordable accommodation available near city hospitals was causing ordinary Australians like you and I. I saw vacant

Serious illness doesn’t just affect the patient. Be kind, always.

2017-02-21T18:22:09+00:00 February 21st, 2017|

In January 2017, Heartfelt Homes accommodated the loved ones of 19 patients who were receiving hospital treatment far away from home. At a cost of $6200 on accommodation alone, we provided 50 nights' accommodation at existing hotel and motel facilities close to city hospitals at no charge to the family. We haven't re-invented the wheel;

Married couple forced to separate for the first time in over 50 years as 83-year-old’s life hangs in the balance.

2017-02-20T09:12:59+00:00 February 19th, 2017|

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO KEEP THIS BEAUTIFUL COUPLE TOGETHER Last week I received a devastating call that could have been about any family just like mine or yours. An 83-year-old man, Terry*, had been admitted to The Westmead Hospital with extreme heat exhaustion and was incubated in ICU. Terry was trying to do work

Heartfelt Homes is expanding!! All aboard…our next stop is ORANGE!

2017-01-25T17:04:40+00:00 January 25th, 2017|

That's right, the cats out of the bag! Heartfelt Homes is on its way to Orange!! Orange is 250km west of Sydney and with a population of approximately 40,000; the major hospital in the city is the Orange Health Service. In its current form, it opened in 2011 and is the largest rural hospital in

Heartfelt Homes receives valuable local support from Club Lennox, Lennox Head.

2017-01-20T13:56:07+00:00 January 20th, 2017|

This week I went to pick up a very special cheque from local supporters, Club Lennox. This Christmas, the kind souls donated 100% of their profits of the sale of fresh cut Christmas trees - how awesome is that?!  Kevin Watts (pictured), the board and staff at Club Lennox raised a massive $646 for Heartfelt

When all you have is time; Heartfelt Homes keeps families together.

2017-01-15T15:52:44+00:00 January 15th, 2017|

When you become a parent, your life instantly changes. From the moment you hold your precious newborn in your arms, you know that, without question, you'll do whatever it takes to help your child survive, develop and grow. The unconditional love that you feel for your kids prioritises everything else in your world, and it

How corporate sponsorship helps keep Australian families together during medical crisis.

2016-12-22T12:43:31+00:00 December 18th, 2016|

Over 12 months ago, I received a call to say that baby Matilda* had just been diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) and her family where in need of somewhere to stay while she received lifesaving treatment at the Westmead Children’s Hospital in Westmead. ALL is an acute form of leukaemia, or cancer of the