On behalf of our young patients and their families, we would like to thank our caring community of donors, fundraisers and volunteers for another remarkable year.
Your gift helps to fund the latest life-saving medical equipment and research; the support services that families desperately need during their darkest days; and the play programmes that give children in hospital the chance of a childhood.
This year, many more children will pass through the doors of the hospital. With your help, we can ensure that the care they receive is second-to-none.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, in the past year Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has funded more than £3.4 million worth of enhanced equipment and services in the following areas:
Medical Equipment: £297,016
Research, Education & Training: £612,259
Schiehallion Trials Centre: £885,390
Play & Entertainment Programme: £858,599
Patient & Family Support Services: £681,162
Enhancements to the Hospital Environment: £130,795
Our Children Deserve the
Best Possible Medical Care
Helping Our Kids Beat Cancer:
Schiehallion Appeal Update
Last year, our supporters raised more than £885,000 to bring the latest cancer treatments to Scotland.
Every year, more than 100 children are treated in the Schiehallion Ward for cancer and blood disorders.
Sadly, despite the heroic efforts of the Schiehallion team, not all children will respond to treatment.
For these children, clinical trials can be a lifeline - but until now, were often only available in highly specialised centres in England.
Last year, Professor Brenda Gibson OBE asked for your help to expand the Schiehallion Clinical Trials Centre by supporting our Schiehallion Appeal.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, fewer children and families will now have to travel down south for treatment, and can be treated here in Scotland.
We remain committed to the children and families treated in Schiehallion, and will continue to fundraise tirelessly in the years to come to continue the fantastic work of the ward and its Clinical Trials Centre.
Introducing the MoVE project -
a first for the UK
We are proud to provide ongoing funding for the MoVE project, which has transformed the Intensive Care Unit.
MoVE stands for 'Move on Ventilation Early' and helps children recover more quickly by getting them moving and active as soon as possible following their admission.
The activity is not strenuous and can be as simple as sitting up for a cuddle, or being taken for a short walk away from the ward.
“Thanks to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, we can give everyone a few wee moments of normality in an overwhelming environment.
"It’s lovely to walk around the unit now and see things that you just wouldn’t have seen a year ago. You see little ones up for cuddles, sitting up in chairs or being taken for a walk in the hospital grounds, instead of spending the whole day confined to their beds.
“It’s great because the children get up sooner, and it’s so reassuring for parents to see their little ones moving again.”
Jenna Hills, Physiotherapy Team
During Their Hardest Days
We are proud to have introduced a number of pioneering new services to the hospital, supporting children and families in their darkest moments.
One of those services is our Bereavement Service, which helps staff, parents and siblings cope with the loss of a child.
"When a child dies, the care for the child stops; the care for the parents should then begin"
Michael, who fundraises in memory of his son Christopher.
For parents, the death of a child is simply unimaginable. For some, it can become a tragic reality.
We are proud to have launched a new Bereavement Service with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, providing structured support to parents, siblings and staff who are affected by the death of a child.
The new service costs £110,000 per year, and provides immediate and long-term support to families. Delivered by specialist Bereavement Support Practitioners from Child Bereavement UK, the service is open to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child.
Together with your support, we hope to continue funding this vital service in the future.
Find out more about our Bereavement Service and how to access support by visiting our website, or call 0141 212 8750
Essential Support at a Critical Time
There are few moments in life as worrying as an emergency
admission to hospital.
At these difficult times, families will often arrive at the hospital with nothing but the clothes on their back; lives are turned upside down in a heartbeat, and a new life in hospital begins. We do all that we can during these critical moments to ensure that families receive the support they need.
From meal vouchers and toiletries to help with travel and accommodation, the NHSGGC Family Support and Information team helps to look after parents and carers, whose sole focus is their child.
This year we provided £681,162 of family support-related services.
With more than 168,000 patient visits each year there is more demand than ever for this support; thanks to the generosity of our donors and fundraisers, we hope to be there for every family who needs our help this year.
A Financial Lifeline
“Initially people don’t worry about the bills, but when they are by their child’s side in hospital the costs mount up. It’s like running two households, and it can be really hard.
“People may be entitled to benefits but don’t know where to start. They are often very proud people, and don’t know that they are actually eligible for help.”
Janette Weir, Family Support & Information Officer
We are proud to have funded the Money and Debt Advice Service at the Royal Hospital for Children, which helps families access welfare support.
Last year, the service claimed £2.4 million for 361 newly
referred families – an average of £6,743.37 for every family supported.
Each year we must raise £100,000 to provide this valuable service, which is a lifeline for so many families. If you could support this service with a donation or by fundraising, please get in touch:
Call 0141 212 8750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every day, children in the hospital can laugh, smile and make happy memories thanks to our Play & Events Programme
"The medical and nursing care was second to none. But the play team... they saved our sanity. It's a long day as a parent caring for a child in hospital. Even something as simple as arts and crafts supplies made such a difference. It's such an important service and it makes a huge difference to the healing of the child and parents at such a terrible time".
It's our ambition that no child should ever be lonely or scared in hospital.
During event the darkest and most difficult moments, our very special team of play staff and volunteers create joyful memories for children and their families.
Each year we fund an extensive programme of play and events at the hospital, ensuring that every child has the chance to laugh, play and enjoy their childhood, regardless of their condition.
Our funding includes the provision of 12 play workers, 11 fully stocked inpatient play rooms, MediCinema, the Teddy Hospital and Kitten Scanner, twice weekly visits from the Clowndoctors, Zone 12 for teenagers, and a full calendar of fun events.
None of this would be possible without your donations.
Our Caring Community:
The impact our volunteers make
We are indebted to our dedicated team of more than 200 volunteers, who are the very heart and soul of Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity and gave more than 17,000 hours of their time last year.
"A wise man once said: no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
"To me, as a volunteer, you don't have to move mountains to make a difference to the lives of the children and families attending the hospital.
"Whether it is helping a family find their way around the hospital, supporting them in some small way or being involved in the much larger picture of fundraising, I know I am playing my part.
"I enjoy what I do. It's fun, I know that what I do is appreciated and I've met some lovely people.
"What I get from volunteering is a sense of doing something worthwhile. This sense of purpose far outweighs the time and effort I give to volunteering with Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity." John Lennox, Volunteer
If you could spare a few hours to support our brave young patients and volunteer with us, please visit our website or call 0141 212 8750.
"Our team of friends are proud to support such an amazing charity!
"We love it that the money we raise helps provide much needed resources to take care of children from all over Scotland.
"We realise that fundraising is essential for the charity to provide the best care for as many children as possible, including our own. Taking part in the Kiltwalk for the charity makes us feel that we're making a contribution and having a great time while we're doing it!"
'Twisted Blister', who take on the Kiltwalk every year to support our young patients.
We'd love to see you at one of our fundraising events!
• 10k Sponsored Walk | 1 September 2018
• The Big Charity Quiz of the Year | 7 September 2018
• Great Scottish Run | 29/30 September 2018
• Plaster it Purple! | October 2018
• 12th Annual Fundraising Ball | 9 November 2018
• Santa Bungee | December 2018
• Drive-In Movies | December 2018
• Skydives | Dates throughout 2018 and 2019
• Let’s Lunch! | Spring 2019
• Great Stirling Run | 28 April 2019
Find out more about these fantastic events or register today on our website
for your support!