In driving rain and a stiff wind our newest and one of our most ambitious appeals was launched by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive, Peter Homa, and Nottingham’s very own Robin Hood, Tim Pollard. All in aid of a £3 million appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital by 2019.
Braving freezing hands, the two scaled the 100 foot drop from the side of Queen’s Medical Centre
The Big Appeal focuses on raising funds to help transform children’s care, as well as research new treatments at the Children’s Hospital. The abseil unveiled the new appeal campaign banner which will be seen across Nottingham in the media, on public transport and on social media from now and up to Christmas.
Nottingham Children’s Hospital’s Clinical Director, Stephanie Smith, said: “Each year we help over 60,000 children and young people who have a range of health issues. As part of this each year we provide more than 3,000 beds for parents needing to stay with their child, as well as ensure we provide bright and welcoming facilities.
“We treat children and young people with everything from cancer, leukaemia and kidney disease, to brittle bones, spinal problems, respiratory issues or who need organ transplants. Ensuring we have the most up to date diagnostic equipment and can also support families at incredibly difficult times is vital in achieving good outcomes for our young patients.”
Mum, Melanie Ibrahim spoke movingly at the Big Appeal event of the vital support she and her family have received from the Children’s Hospital for their daughter Amaya. Now 30-weeks old, Amaya was born 16 weeks premature and has chronic lung disease.
‘The staff we’ve met have been really wonderful in both their care for Amaya, and the support they have given us as a family. We fully appreciate that if it hadn’t been for them and particularly the team on neonatal, Amaya wouldn’t be alive. Our big goal is now for Amaya to be well enough to come home for some time at Christmas.’ (Note: Amaya has now returned home for Christmas!)
Melanie welcomes plans to improve facilities for parents and families at the Children’s Hospital and, as one of the many parents and families planning their own fundraising for the Children’s Hospital, she urged others in Nottingham to support it in whatever way they can.
‘We will never be able to repay people for everything the hospital has done for us but this is one thing we can do,’ said Melanie.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity Chief Executive, Barbara Cathcart, stressed the impact the appeal will have for children: “This campaign will help us make a huge difference to children like Charlotte and Ben. It is all about helping the hospital provide the best possible care for patients with up to the minute equipment and in a child friendly environment, making their experience less frightening, more comfortable and with better outcomes.”
For more information about The Big Appeal, or how to make a donation have a look at our Nottingham Children’s Hospital page.