The hospital charity has launched a new £950,000 appeal to transform the children's areas across Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital so that visiting children feel as comfortable as possible, minimising stress for their parents and the staff who treat them.
Each year, the three hospitals treat thousands of children from across Birmingham and the West Midlands and the hospital charity is fundraising to provide equipment, furniture, games and toys to make hospital visits easier for children and young people. The appeal will create stress-free environments for children, easing their stress and worry when visiting the hospital.
At Heartlands Hospital, the appeal will see the children's wards and outpatients department renovated, and will also transform the children's garden at the hospital, creating a safe haven for children to enjoy whilst they are in hospital. In addition to this, the hospital charity will be renovating the family accommodation, turning it into a 'home from home' for parents whose children have been admitted to the hospital.
Good Hope Hospital will see a renovation of the children's outpatients area, which treats thousands of children and teenagers every year, with a variety of conditions. With your support, the Charity will carry out a full refurbishment, including new walls and floors with friendly decorations, comfortable chairs, a new reception area and a fully refurbished play area.
Each year, 17,000 children are treated at Solihull Hospital, and the Charity is aiming to improve the children's areas across the hospital, including five consultation rooms, the waiting area, the treatment room and the playroom, with renovated walls and floors and comfortable seating. There will be a range of activities to suit all ages, with an adolescent chill-out area complete with TV and games console, a reading corner with activities and toys and a soft play area.
Samantha Howell, Fundraising Manager at Solihull Hospital said: "The Charity is incredibly excited to be launching this new fundraising appeal. The quality of care across Solihull Hospital, Heartlands Hospital and Good Hope Hospital is fantastic, and the Charity wants the environment to reflect this.
"The renovations will make a huge difference to everyone who comes to the Children's Outpatients Department, helping to keep children calm and relaxed before their treatment."
None of this will be possible without your support; there are lots of ways that you can raise money to support the Children's appeal. Join one of the fantastic events coming up this year or set up your own fundraising event at work or in the community.