The Children's Appeal
The Children's Appeal

The Children’s Appeal aims to raise £1 million to create a bright, friendly and appealing environment for all children visiting our hospital and to give children and their families the best possible care and experience from the moment they arrive.

Every year, our Children’s services at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust treat over 10,000 children from just one-day to 19-years-old, for conditions ranging from breathing difficulties and broken limbs to mental health conditions. That’s a lot of children, plus their families, who will benefit from the changes we want to make.

Our Hospital Charity wants to fund the additional items, equipment and above and beyond finishes that will ensure our paediatric facilities offer a first class and inclusive environment.  All children, including those with physical and learning disabilities or mental health conditions, will be able to move freely, feel safe, and have access to play activities and relaxation, whilst at the same time the improvements will also benefit parents and carers.

Your support will help us to fund things like virtual ceiling panels for daytime sunny blue skies that at night twinkle with thousands of shining stars. We want to give every parent a reclining chair so they can stay close to their little one. And because it’s a tough time for parents too, we want them to have their own break-out zone, where they can share a cuppa with other mums and dads and take comfort from one another.

Our aim is to give every child their own special place, making sure we have a dedicated safe space for children and young people in distress and providing parents of very young children with facilities so they can stay together in comfort. For older children, there will be TVs, games consoles and for younger children, stimulating new play equipment as the importance of play to well-being can’t be under-estimated.

But we can only do this with your help.  Please make a difference today and donate.

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In support of our Children’s Appeal, we’ve created a special under-the-sea donation page where you can add a virtual fish, make a donation towards our Children’s Appeal, and leave a message of thanks, support or dedication to our patients or staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. You can even include a photo with your donation!

The theme of our Children’s Appeal is the seaside, as research shows that for most children this is their happy place, and for our young patients, it’s no different. So, to make hospital a little less scary for our young patients, our Children’s Appeal aims to bring some seaside magic to our children’s wards.

There’s a wealth of evidence showing that patients respond better to treatment in an environment in which they feel less stressed and more relaxed – a healing environment. This is why we want to raise funds to create a happy, healing environment with a decorative seaside theme throughout and lots more beside.

Your donation will help us in our mission to fundraise for all the additional items, equipment and above and beyond finishes that will ensure our facilities for children offer a first class and inclusive environment.

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Barry Leahey

Our Patron – Barry Leahey MBE

Barry is CEO of Playdale who are the UK’s leading manufacturer of children’s playground equipment, and has distributers in 50 countries. Playdale have won national Manufacturing and export awards, Barry personally receiving an MBE for services to International Trade on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2017. In 2018 Barry was named IoD ‘Global Director of the Year’ and ‘Cumbria Business Person of the Year’, featuring in the ‘Telegraph’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders’ and ‘The Manufacturer Top 100 people in Manufacturing’, he is currently the Chair of the Institute of Directors in Cumbria and a Honorary Professor at Lancaster University Management School.”


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