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The BIG Appeal

Having a child in hospital is one of the most stressful events a family can face. That’s why we’re using ‘The Big Appeal’ campaign to raise funds for highly specialised diagnostic equipment that accurately identifies illness and disease earlier. Funds will also provide families with reassuring in-hospital facilities; a comfortable home from home experience that allows families to stay close whilst their child is receiving expert care.

Located in the Queen’s Medical Centre, the Children’s Hospital cares for babies, children and young people from across a large Midlands region, treating a diversity of conditions including cancer, leukaemia, kidney disease, organ transplants and facial surgery. Despite inevitable pain and suffering it is also an inspiring place to work; children bringing a level of brightness and optimism that helps chase away the shadows of illness.

Our challenge is to raise £4 million by 2021.  To meet this challenge we are reaching out to the communities of Nottingham in many ways including NEW FOR OCTOBER our BIG BARK for the Big Appeal social media campaign which you can follow on Twitter or Facebook via the #BigBark hashtag.

Will you support us to help the patients and families using the Children’s Hospital?  Every donation goes directly to providing improved care and research into new treatments for over 60,000 children and young people.  Make it happen and it WILL make a difference. Thank you.

Download our Big Appeal Leaflet


Total raised for this appeal so far...

£513,582 raised towards our £4,000,000 goal

Helping families be near their poorly children in hospital

For parents seeing their child lying in a hospital bed, with a worrying diagnosis and treatment ahead, it is the most traumatic event they will ever face.

Our Big Appeal will provide parents with a comfortable home from home that allows them to stay close by while their poorly child is receiving treatment, taking a massive stress off them.  Our Big Appeal aims to transform the family accommodation facilities where parents can rest and stay overnight when their child is in hospital.

See what a difference it will make to parents like Yvonne and Lee in the video above.

The vital role of medical equipment

Professor David Walker, a leading Paediatric Oncologist explains how highly-specialised medical equipment is essential to treating children’s illnesses. As a keen supporter of The Big Appeal he explains how you can play an important part by donating or raising funds.

Supporting children and families

Emergency Paediatric Consultant Dr Stephanie Smith is passionate about creating reassuring hospital environments. Here she explains how The Big Appeal funding is helping to reduce children’s and family fears and anxieties.

How Your Donation Helps

We’re often asked how your donations help Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

The Big Appeal wants to raise and spend £4 Million in ways that directly impact on treatments and complementary activities, helping to reduce anxieties and bringing some sunshine into the lives of incredibly brave young people and their families.

Here’s how we do it:

Looking after parents and families.  Parents of children and babies in hospital can face having to trave long distances each day, often for months at a time. Rather than having to use costly and inconvient hotel rooms we are investing in refurbishing and remodelling our onsite family rooms and facilities, creating brighter, calmer, happier, more attractive and child-friendly places.

Making diagnosis quicker and easier. Fear and anxiety are natural instincts for us all and often more so for children undergoing treatment. We are raising funds for equipment that will help our doctors diagnose children’s illnesses earlier, supporting children’s treament and also reducing waiting times and hospital stays.

And much more. Children love being busy, creative and engaged. We also support arts, crafts and activities, as well as youth clubs and residential trips for older children in hospital.  Many children have chronic illnesses or disabilities. Staff and play facilities, including the the incredible Hospital Play and Development Service we support are real life local heroes for our children !

Every minute, your support makes a difference