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Generous support of our charity is changing lives every day here at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.  

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

 

Since April 2013, Alder Hey Children’s Charity has raised over £43m. This money helps us to fund life-saving equipment, vital research and healthcare innovation.

It also ensures that every child and young person experiences Alder Hey magic – those little added extras that make the hospital experience the best it can be for patients and their families. That's the magic of Alder Hey.

 

The Park Campus

Inspired by nature and was guided by a consultation process with over 1000 of our young patients. It sits within the green space of Springfield Park, a community green space enjoyed by families and staff at Alder Hey.

Encompassing everything our children and young people may need to get better and thrive; Alder Hey in the Park enables vital collaboration to flourish.

The charity recently helped to fund the installation of the Health and Well-being Nature Trail and Woodland Walk here in the park, creating a haven for our families to explore and relax.

Alongside our stunning hospital, the Alder Hey in the Park Campus is the stunning research and education centre housed within the award-winning Speakman Building. With generous support, 2019 saw the completion and opening of the second phase of this impressive facility with the charity contributing in excess of £7.8m for the building. Areas of research excellence include pharmacology, oncology, inflammation and infection, as well as helping to lead to way in international child health.

We are proud to fund numerous research studies across clinical areas including cancer, asthma and orthopaedic surgery.

The charity is currently raising funds for a brand new home for our specialist bereavement centre providing support whenever it’s needed for families who have experienced the loss of a child. The building is due to be finished in Spring 2020; our charity donors and Alder Centre families have been at the heart of this project from the very beginning. As we look to the future, and as a major focus for the charity we are also fundraising for a unique cluster of buildings devoted to community and mental health services, providing round the clock support for those children who require care outside of a hospital environment.

The charity continues to be dedicated to funding equipment, services and projects across the whole of the hospital and the Alder Hey in the Park campus.

 

Life-saving Equipment

Our amazing NHS clinicians work around the clock to treat over 900 patients every day at Alder Hey. We are committed to supporting our NHS Foundation Trust  to purchase the very latest equipment.  This year we were proud to fund over £732,845 towards lifesaving equipment and advanced technologies to help Alder Hey clinicians do the very best for our patients.

  • Kinevo Robotic Microscope During our Charity Ball in 2018, we were extremely proud to raise the funds to purchase a state of the art Robotic Visualisation System for our Neurosurgery department. Whilst undertaking complex neurosurgery, surgeons work at super high magnification and even the slightest vibration can cause distortions and mean that areas cannot be properly examined. Also should surgeons need a wider view of the brain, this can result in a larger piece of skull needing to be removed. This technology will lead to improved outcomes for patients and even reduce the need for second surgery.

  • Heated Cots With the support of our amazing donors we have raised funds for 25 heated cots. The cots can be heated to precise temperatures helping Alder Hey’s youngest patients. Babies who are premature and unwell cannot regulate their own body temperature so these cots support them through their time in hospital. The top and sides of the cot can be detached which enables clinicians to have an open access platform to undertake clinical procedures. They allow more access to the baby when needed but also give the flexibility of being able to be closed up similar to an incubator when necessary. The design and versatility of heated cots are much less daunting for parents and families than an incubator and can help them to transition to regular cots so they are ready to go home.

Vital Research

Alongside our state-of-the-art children’s hospital, the Alder Hey in the Park campus incorporates our research and education centre housed within our RIBA award-winning Speakman Building. With generous support, 2019 saw the completion and opening of the second phase of this impressive facility. Key areas of research excellence include pharmacology, oncology, inflammation and infection, as well as helping to lead to way in international child health.

This year donations have allowed us to invest around £80,000 in supporting our world-class research partnerships based here in our research centre. This support means that we can help our patients and families at Alder Hey today but through vital research, help to make the future brighter for children around the world.

We are proud to fund numerous research studies across clinical areas including cancer, asthma and orthopaedic surgery.

 

Game-changing Innovation

Our Innovation Hub is dedicated to finding creative and innovative solutions that will help our patients and their families as well as our world-leading clinicians in their work at Alder Hey. We pride ourselves on building strong corporate partnerships and working with innovators from across the globe, constantly pushing the boundaries. There are no silly questions and no wrong answers in our Innovation Hub, and with your support we can continue to help Alder Hey look to the future with bright ideas and solutions for paediatric healthcare.

 

Alder Hey Magic

Our families, visitors and staff regularly tell us that there is a special feeling when you walk in to Alder Hey; that is the ‘magic’ and when we all pull together we can help make hospital life brighter for our brave, young patients.

From ward musicians and comics and art workshops to the latest distraction technology, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital strives to provide the best patient experience possible. Alder Hey Charity is committed to funding these projects, technologies and experiences that go above and beyond what is available on our NHS.

Your support also helps us to provide a hospital-based entertainer, Barrington, who is a huge hit with all the families. It has also enabled the installation of a state-of-the-art Performance Space, kitted out with a big screen, professional staging and the equipment to allow us to film our regular performances. We have funded the technology to stream these to the TVs of patients who are unable to leave their hospital beds so that no one misses out.

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