Alder Hey Children’s Charity raises vital funds to help make Alder Hey in the Park a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital for the 275,000 patients and families we care for every year.
Since October 2013, over £35m 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.
The Charity helps fund a range of activities and projects which are designed to enhance and improve the lives of our amazing patients. This include funding special projects such as play specialists and ward based chefs as well as supporting research. Money raised will also be used to help Alder Hey continue to develop our new healthcare campus next to the hospital, to fund distraction technology designed to reduce pain and anxiety in patients and to buy specialist medical equipment.
We need your support for our fresh food-on-demand service
Good nutrition is critical for patients who are recovering in hospital. Alder Hey in the Park 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 the Park, 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 in the Park 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 an our app, Alder Play, to explore a digital version of Alder Hey in the Park 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.
To help parents plan their hospital visit, the app will eventually store key information about their hospital stay and will be able to securely store a patient's medical history, likes and dislikes, and any specific needs - all to provide a better experience and help clinicians provide a more personalised service. You can download the app from the app stores now.
We need your support for vital 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 are developing a new state of the art research and innovation facility that will enable us to help even more patients like Lily:
Our remarkable research has helped children like Lily
After two operations on her knees and ankles for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, seven year old Lily was unable to walk. She took part in a research trial for a new medicine and responded really well to the treatment.
"It was a big decision to put Lily on these new drugs but I trusted the doctors at Alder Hey and it’s really paid off. Not only has her condition improved but her confidence is much better now too.- Jane, Lily's mum.
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.