An A&E run by children!


Did you know there is mini replica Alder Hey Children’s Hospital A&E department in London?

Alder Hey are proud partners of KidZania London, where kids dream BIG!


Like Alder Hey, KidZania is a very special place. It’s a scaled city replica of real life for children from 4-14 years, designed to empower and inspire. Through interactive role-play, children can try out a range of professions including becoming a paramedic, a nurse or a surgeon at Alder Hey, one of Europe’s largest children’s hospitals!

At Alder Hey know how important it is to look after our mental health, no matter what age you are. We’re working with our friends at KidZania London to raise awareness of good mental health for children and young people, and in May we ran a very special art competition inspired by nature, which launched in time for Mental Health Awareness week

Connecting with nature can make us feel happier, improve our self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. Fresh air can help us to feel calm and playing outside with friends is a great way to stay fit and healthy. At Alder Hey, we love the outdoors so much our hospital was built in a park!

The entries were all amazing, and the team had a hard job of choosing their favourite, but have settled on the following:

Winner – Isabella age 9

Alder Hey super-surgeon Mr Iain Hennessey commented “I really Like Isabella’s picture as it got me thinking about how much change and movement we have as we go through life. Losing your leaves doesn’t necessarily need to be a bad thing."

We love the use of different techniques and real leaves to portray the different seasons. It also looks like it's part of Alder Hey in the Park. Well done Isabella!

Michael – age 7

“We really like this one, it portrays a sense of happiness with all the natural elements and details” Souhila, Alder Hey Innovation Operations Manager

Michael has covered so much in his picture, it’s bold and bright and has inspired us to go outside!

Oliver – age 7

“This one has a great message; happiness is all one with nature.” Souhila, Alder Hey Innovation Operations Manager

Olly has portrayed a really important message in his drawing, and we think it’s fab! Well done Olly!


Carl, one of our amazing Mental Health Practitioners at Alder Hey commented ‘All the pictures entered for this competition showed how important nature is to our mental health and wellbeing. From observing it, being in it, and doing activities in it. Many of the pictures which include our winners had trees and of course our hospital is named after a tree, namely the Alder. Looking at all the pictures has reminded me how important nature is in promoting and maintaining our mental health.’


“This has been a fantastic art competition and we were delighted to work with KidZania London to inspire so many young artists. Getting creative is a wonderful way of promoting good mental wellbeing. We’ve been blown away by the entries, all of which captured the brief beautifully.” Becky Parsons, Alder Hey Children’s Charity


KidZania London are proud to be supporting Alder Hey Children’s Charity's #MillionMiles campaign. Staying active is proven to benefit mental health, so we’re encouraging everyone to get active while raising money for children and young people who need our support. If you would like to learn more about the campaign and find out how you can #JoinUsJoinIn, please click here and join campaign ambassador Tommy Fury and sign up!






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