Without your donations, many of the outstanding facilities and innovations to help patients and families would not have been provided.

Since April 2013, your support has helped Alder Hey Children’s Charity raise over £43m for a wide range of life-saving medical equipment, arts and play activities and vital research.

Whilst NHS funding covers the day to day costs of the hospital, charity donations are needed to fund projects like these, which make a huge difference to patients and families every day:

Vital research

Alongside efforts to raise money for the new hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Charity has been critical in raising funds for the building of our research and education facility - the Institute in the Park.

The first phase of this dedicated research, innovation and education centre at Alder Hey opened in 2015, providing state of the art facilities for around 100 education, research and clinical staff. Phase 2 is open in early 2019.

Matalan  has already raised over £2.7m over 5 years working with us. Our latest campaign will be out soon - not to be missed!


Cardiac patient Dylan with ward chef Dave

Food on demand service

£170,000 was raised towards Alder Hey‘s dedicated ‘food on demand’ service, supporting ward chefs who prepare fresh and nutritious evening meals for patients as and when they want them.

One patient to benefit is Dylan on the hospital’s cardiac ward, who underwent open heart surgery before being placed on a special diet as part of his recovery. Mum Tara says: “Having a chef on the ward means children like my son are getting fresh food and their needs are being looked after as an individual. Now the children can see and chat to who is cooking their food it helps makes a difference to what they want to eat which is all part of their recovery.”

Next generation X-rays with an EOS machine

£375,000 helped fund an EOS machine at Alder Hey - the first of its kind for children in the UK.

This 2D digital X-ray system is used for the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic patients. Combined with special technology it can produce a 3D image of a patient's bones which can then be printed using Alder Hey's 3D printing capability.

Patients can sit or stand and a complete head to toe image can usually be acquired in 25 seconds or less. The machine provides a number of other benefits including an 80% reduction in x-ray exposure, reduced waiting times, improved image quality for accurate assessment and surgical planning, along with collaborative research possibilities.

Operating theatre technology

Simon Kenny in an Alder Hey operating theatreAlder Hey performs over 18,000 operations every year. £600,000 was raised for innovative technology for the theatres in the new hospital. This includes enhancements that will allow surgeons and anaesthetists to have complete control over the theatre environment, while also improving patient experience.

Simon Kenny, Clinical Director at Alder Hey said: “Alder Hey is the first children’s hospital in the UK to have fully integrated operating theatres. The ability to instantly videoconference with colleagues anywhere in the world and show them high definition images to gain advice represents a step change in how surgeons work. I believe this will be a major advance in patient safety.

“Full theatre integration means that we will be able to easily store high definition images and videos for each child that we treat. This will help us to manage and understand their condition and also represents an unparalleled opportunity for us to teach and inform. Video feedback from cases will enable the surgical team to learn and function more effectively as a world class team."


Grace relaxes in the Outpatients gardenOutpatients Play Area

Thanks to the Steven Gerrard Foundation, the Charity has secured £200,000 to provide an Outpatients play area.

This area is accessible to children of all ages, appeals to all senses and helps to distract children during their stay.

The Charity has also developed a family of animal characters called the Hardleeys with whom patients (and their parents!) can interact during their visit.


And that’s not all…

Alder Hey Children’s Charity has also secured…

  • £10m towards rebuilding the Oncology Unit at Alder Hey
  • £9m towards the building of our amazing Institute in the Park - our research and education facility
  • £1.7m towards research projects
  • £700,000 for patient monitoring equipment
  • £150,000 for internal play areas on wards
  • £110,000 for enhancement of patient bedrooms on the Long Term Ventilation ward
  • £35,000 for enhancements to waiting areas in the Emergency Department
  • £26,500 for play deck equipment
  • £20,000 for enhancements to oncology bedrooms
  • £18,000 for enhancements to the Rainbow Centre
  • £17,500 for a dedicated bereavement garden in Alder Hey in the Park
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