The BIG Appeal for an amazing Children’s Hospital in Nottingham!
Can you help Robin raise £3 million?
We know that having a child in hospital is one of the most stressful things a family can face. “The Big Appeal” is raising funds for state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose children’s illnesses earlier and more accurately, as well as providing families with a comfortable ‘home from home’ so they can stay close-by while their child is receiving care.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity wants to raise £3 million by 2019 to provide vital support to the Children’s Hospital, helping to transform care and research new treatments for over 60,000 children and young people each year.
A Play Specialist hard at work, making children’s time in the hospital less frightening and more fun
Nottingham Children’s Hospital, based within Queen’s Medical Centre, cares for babies, children and young people every year from across the region and beyond. Patients are treated for everything from cancer and leukaemia to kidney disease, organ transplants, life long acute respiratory conditions and broken bones.
It treats patients from across the Midlands regions – sometimes even as far afield as Norfolk, and is a regional specialist centre for children’s cancer, kidney disease and cleft lip and palate surgery, among others.
The BIG Appeal – £1.2 million will fund new diagnostic, imaging and operating equipment.Hear from Professor David Walker, a leading Paediatric Oncologist, about the vital role that highly-specialised medical equipment plays in treating children and young people and how The Big Appeal is helping.
The BIG Appeal – £1.5 million towards enhancing parent and family accommodation. Listen to Emergency Paediatric Consultant Dr Stephanie Smith talk about creating welcoming environments within hospital so children feel less frightened, as well as how Play Therapists help reduce children’s fears and worries.
What The BIG Appeal will do for our children
Transform the spaces and places where our children and young people stay, funding things like colourful wall art, state of the art air filtration, improved play spaces and relatives rooms in the children’s cancer and neuro-science wards.
Give a major boost to important complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, relaxation classes, and massage to help relieve pain, reduce anxiety and improve quality of life for young patients. Nottingham Children’s Hospital is one of the few UK children’s hospitals to offer complementary therapies to all its children and young people.
Support our young patients to enjoy the pleasures activities any child wants such as music and art sessions, a weekly youth club and residential trips away for young people with chronic illness or disability. We also support the Hospital’s Play and Development Service, which helps take children’s minds off painful procedures and difficult experiences and helps them communicate their anxieties and fears.
By supporting our Big Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital you will be helping children at every step of their treatment and care – your contribution will have a direct impact on the extraordinary children and their families that we see every day, making their stay in hospital a better and brighter experience.
Spotlight on…Youth Support and Play Workers
It can be a difficult and frightening time for young people who have to spend time in hospital. The Children’s Hospitals Play and Development service, which is supported by Nottingham Hospitals Charity, is made up of qualified health play specialists and nursery nurses who provide play and recreation for children and young people on wards, clinics, day surgery and in the community. These brilliant Play Specialists provide essential support to children, young people and their families – taking their mind off painful procedures and difficult experiences, helping them to communicate their anxieties, fears and worries, and helping to make life more fun and less scary.
Charitable donations have also funded youth support workers – for example a Young People’s Emotional Health Worker helping young people in crisis with emotional well-being and mental health difficulties including distressed or disturbed behaviour.
By supporting Nottingham Hospitals Charity – Children’s Hospital Fund you will be helping to support children at every step of their treatment and care – transforming facilities, providing important services and funding new equipment.
Your contribution will have a direct impact on the extraordinary children and their families that we see every day, making their stay in hospital a better and brighter experience.
To support the amazing patients and staff at Nottingham Children’s Hospital today, just text NUHC13 and £1/£2/£3/£5/£10 to 70070, call 0115 9627905, or follow this link.