Alder Hey Children’s Charity raises vital funds to help make Alder Hey Children's Hospital a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital for the 330,000 patients and families we care for every year.
Since April 2013, over £56m has been raised for a range of life-saving medical equipment and facilities that are making a real difference to families every day - but we still need your support.
In Spring 2020 we launched our £3m Children's Mental Health Appeal, supported by Appeal Ambassador Shirley Ballas, and in June 2020 we launch our first ever TV appeal to help support the charity after the loss of income due to COVID-19.
Our 7 in 10 Appeal highlighted that 70% of young people with a mental health condition are currently missing out on vital mental health interventions at a sufficiently early age the Appeal is aiming to raise vital funds to enhance inpatient and community mental health services at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, enabling more children to access the treatment they need at the time they need it.
Long term supporter of Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Shirley Ballas was keen to back the campaign saying: “I know from my own personal experience how important this work is. There is a very real need for children to have access to appropriate care and treatment as soon as possible. This Appeal is a chance for everyone to help shape the future of mental healthcare for children and young people across the whole country.”
Our TV Appeal is running again during the Euros on ITV - look out for it!
Why an NHS hospital needs your support
Children and young people have very different requirements from a hospital than adult patients. The charity recognises this and helps to fund state of the art equipment and a range of activities and projects that are designed to enhance and improve the lives of our amazing young patients when they are being treated. We fund specialist medical equipment which ensures our brilliant surgeons and clinical staff have the most up to date state-of-the-art technology available to them – often equipment that is just not available yet via the NHS. We also fund hi-tech distraction equipment proven to reduce pain and anxiety in our patients, ensure faster appointments without sedation. Donations help us support a vast range of programmes and special projects such as our ward musicians, our on-site magician and the play specialists we have on every ward. Our ground-breaking ward-based chef programme ensures we are delivering healthy and nutritionally balanced food to all our patients when they need it most.
In the last few years donations large and small have enabled us to complete an incredibly important new research and education facility as well as fully funding the design and construction of a brand new bereavement centre on the hospital campus. Our current appeal is raising money and awareness to help with an amazing facility opening in 2022 which will impact on mental health services for children and young people for decades to come.
We need your support for our fresh food-on-demand service
Good nutrition is critical for patients who are recovering in hospital. Alder Hey is the first children's hospital in the UK to have dedicated chefs on every patient ward who prepare fresh, nutritious evening meals for patients, whenever they want to eat.
Poor nutrition can lead to weight loss, a weakened immune system and slower recovery - resulting in longer hospital stays for young patients.
At Alder Hey, in-patients can order food from a chef working on the same ward, who will then prepare their meal and serve it in their bedroom. Families already love this service, and say it provides better nutrition and a better experience in hospital, as well as reducing food waste.
With your support, we will enhance this service to focus on healthy eating, liaison with dieticians and education programmes for families and staff.
We need your support for next-generation technology to change hospital visits forever
We are fundraising to revolutionise the hospital experience for young patients and families, by piloting next-generation technology to reduce anxiety, distract patients during procedures and to help parents relax too. This has been a real success, but we now need your support so all of our waiting areas can be entertaining and fun environments for patients. Your support will help fund this digital Alder Hey project.
Alder Hey is already home to some of this amazing technology. Our digital fish tank, where patients waiting for daycase surgery can relax by designing a sea creature and watch it swim, is the only one of its kind in Europe.
To help manage anxiety before arriving, we want patients to use our app, Alder Play, to explore a digital version of Alder Hey to see their ward and meet staff. The app provides games and augmented reality features to distract patients during a stay, as well as link to a reward scheme encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
We need your support for research, innovation and education
Your support will help us develop better, safer medicines and treatment to benefit young patients at Alder Hey and children across the world.
We’re not satisfied treating children using today’s medicines and technologies, we want to find the very best treatments we can. That’s why we’re working to develop the next generation of medicines and interventions that are even more effective, and safer.
To support this vision we have helped to fund a new state of the art research and innovation facility that will enable us to help even more patients.
Our ambition to improve children’s health also means we’re using cutting edge technology, to develop new ways to treat children more effectively. We’re testing new sensor technology to help us identify infections and we’re printing children’s X-Rays in 3D so our surgeons can use these as a guide in surgery.
We’re not standing still. We’re not only developing new medicines and treatments, we‘re also training nearly 1,000 healthcare professionals each year, who are able to learn the latest skills and techniques from some of the world’s leading clinicians and researchers.
So, if you want to get involved in helping to improve Alder Hey for the better and therefore improve the lives of our amazing patients, please do not hesitate! Whether that’s through crazy fundraising ideas, fundraising in schools and even through 10k running events and 10k charity runs, there are plenty of ways you can be involved. To get started, find out how you can run for charity here.