Families whose children’s lives have been saved by the dedicated teams at Nottingham Children’s Hospital will remember every aspect of Nottingham Children’s Hospital. But many more people in Nottingham are less aware. All that is set to change with the launch of a specially-commissioned Short Animation. The Animation sees the Children’s Hospital’s ‘Little Robin Hood’ mascot take viewers for a behind-the-scenes tour of the hospital, challenging people to do fun fundraising things such as skydiving and taking a bath of beans, all as part of the hospital’s new Big Appeal campaign.
The Animation unveiled by Nottingham Children’s Hospital Clinical Director Stephanie Smith, Charity Chief Executive Barbara Cathcart and the Lord Mayor Councillor Mohammed Saghir at QMC will be appearing in Nottingham’s Showcase cinema from Friday 3 March, followed by other venues and community groups who are kind enough to spread the word and show the hospital’s amazing work.
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“Treating around 60,000 children and young people each year makes it important that the people of Nottingham know about this vital service so that they can throw their generous support behind the hospital’s Big Appeal” said Nottingham Hospitals Charity Chief Executive, Barbara Cathcart, whose team is leading the fundraising campaign.
Families of children who have been at the Children’s Hospital are also backing the Big Appeal campaign. Dad Hayden Whitehead’s four year old son George was diagnosed last year with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia which required immediate blood and platelet transfusions along with chemotherapy. Hayden said: “Being on the ward with George opened mine and my wife’s eyes to the fantastic work all the staff do. George has been coping brilliantly with his chemotherapy and had a great Christmas and is still smiling. It’ll be a long road but our brave little trooper will fight this.”
Nottingham Children’s Hospital’s Clinical Director, Stephanie Smith, said: “Nottingham Children’s Hospital is a specialist centre for the children and young people of Nottingham and also critically ill children with cancer, kidney, brain and respiratory conditions from the region and beyond. So it is vitally important for us that people know about our work and if possible, support our Big Appeal.
“Our Big Appeal offers us the unique opportunity to enhance both the range of new specialist diagnostic equipment for children and research new treatments, but also to further improve onsite facilities and accommodation for families who need to be near their children in hospital. All of this is vital in achieving good outcomes for our young patients.”
The Big Appeal’s target is to raise £3 million by 2019 and people who want to support The Big Appeal can either donate by texting ‘NUHC13’ and either £1, £2, £3, £5 or £10 to 70010 to choose their amount, or can go to the Nottingham Hospital Charity’s donation page here or can call their team on 0115 962 7905 to make a donation or offer to volunteer.