Adults, children and even little tots all found the superhero inside of themselves to raise £3,605.32 for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity’s Children’s Appeal!
They harnessed the power of dress-up at nursery, school, work and home to support National Superhero Day.
The day was adopted by the charity team as a fun way to help boost its appeal, which is raising £1 million to buy a range of equipment to make children’s in and out-patients at both the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals, as well as other local centres managed by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, better and more comfortable for young patients and their parents and carers.
Appeal fundraiser Lucy Clark said: “Never in our wildest dreams did we expect our Superhero Day to take off like it did. We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support from local nurseries, schools, businesses, individuals and our colleagues within the Trust.
“The day itself was at the end of April but for us, it continued until the end of May with some individuals and groups taking the time and effort to host their own fundraising superhero dress-up events from welly walks to cake sales. It’s been an incredible success. We are so grateful.”
Among the participants were pupils from Fulwood’s St Clare’s Catholic Primary, who swapped their uniforms for an appeal donation to become Spiderman, Wonder Woman and others for the day. Also donning costumes were youngsters from Adlington’s Little Manor Day Nursery, Busy Bees Nursery in both Bamber Bridge and Ashton, Gelston Manor Day Nursery in Chorley and Chorley’s Nature Trail Nursery, which also organised a fundraising welly walk.
There was support from the after school club team at Leyland’s PlayPad Zone and from Preston’s rock climbing gym, Clip ‘n Climb.
Staff at the Stock Shop in the foyer of the Royal Preston Hospital also became superheroes as did staff on Ward Eight, which is the hospital’s Children’s Ward. They were joined by the Ward Four team and members of the hospital’s domestic staff led by Diane Kehoe, who sold superhero cakes to raise funds and power up work colleagues!
National Superhero Day first launched in the USA in 1995 when employees of Marvel Comics came to work dressed as Iron Man, Captain America and other comic strip heroes in honour of unsung community heroes. It is now a worldwide annual event.
The charity team’s Children’s Appeal launched just over a year ago in May 2021. To date, it has raised £108,081, some of which has been spent on portable gaming carts and sensory play equipment, TVs and family-friendly wayfinding signage. Work on a new outdoor play assessment area at Broadoaks Child Development Centre, Leyland, is also planned for later this year.