£7.5m Leicester Children's Hospital Appeal launches in style

£7.5m Leicester Children's Hospital Appeal launches in style

Wednesday 10 July 2019

Leicester Hospitals Charity launched our biggest ever charity appeal yesterday to help transform how children’s hospital services are provided for patients and their families across Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

The £7.5m Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal was officially unveiled to the public at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium to support Leicester’s Hospitals’ ambitious long-term plans to create a single-site, dedicated Children’s Hospital at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Leicester’s Hospitals’ Chief Executive John Adler was on hand to formally announce the launch of the appeal to over 80 invited guests from across Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

Attendees were among the first to see exciting plans for the new Leicester Children’s Hospital, including renders of new space-themed ward designs and charity-funded new equipment to help provide more comfort and convenience for patients and their families.

Leicester Hospitals Charity’s Director, Lisa Davies says she and her team are proud to launch the biggest ever appeal in the charity’s history.

“We’re thrilled to finally be able to share the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal with the people of the East Midlands,” says Lisa.

“This is a huge moment for our region as this launch marks the big first step to securing a dedicated single-site children’s hospital for Leicester and the East Midlands. Everyone across our shared community now has a fantastic opportunity to unite and help transform our children’s lives for generations to come by supporting the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal.

“We all strongly believe that our children are relying on us to provide them with the best possible hospital services and we need to do them proud.”

With a fundraising target of £7.5m, the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal will initially support the relocation of Leicester’s Hospitals’ world-renowned children’s heart services from Glenfield Hospital to the Kensington Building at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. This forms parts of a longer-term plan to combine all children’s services into the expanding Kensington Building and finally provide Leicestershire and the East Midlands with its very own dedicated, stand-alone children’s hospital.

Consultant Paediatrician, Chris Wighton, says the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal will have a major impact on the healthcare of the region’s children if successful.

“Bringing the children’s services together in one location will be so important to the future of how we provide care to children in the East Midlands,” says Chris.

“If people support this appeal and help it succeed, it means we will be able to diagnose and provide treatment faster, reduce lengths of stay and reduce stress for patients and their families.

“It will also be vital in helping us recruit and retain even more talented paediatric staff.”

With the appeal now officially launched, Leicester Hospitals Charity calls on people across Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and the wider East Midlands to donate to and show their support for this important cause.

Anyone wanting to contribute towards making the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal a success can visit DoThemProud.com to donate, sign up as a supporter or learn more about the appeal, or can follow the appeal on Facebook at FB.me/DoThemProud and help spread the word on social media using #DoThemProud.