Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity has launched a fundraising appeal to help raise the £2.5m needed to build a new-look children’s department at Ipswich Hospital and transform the experience of its young patients and their families.
Staff want to create a modern, welcoming and child-friendly environment fit for the 21st century, with improved facilities for patients and their families or carers.
The work would see the department, which is made up of the 24-bed Bergholt inpatient ward, a children’s outpatient department and a short stay Paediatric Assessment Unit, completely remodelled and refurbished. Patients and their families have been involved in helping to draw up the plans, which include:
On the ward:
Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity is now appealing for local businesses and individuals to give the appeal their backing by helping raise vital funds towards the total cost of the project, which would take place in phases over the next two to three years.
Sarah Smith, children’s matron at the hospital, said: “We are delighted to launch our children’s appeal, which aims to create a modern, welcoming environment which matches the high standards of care which our patients receive.
“The new-look department will significantly improve the facilities available to our staff and help them to continue meeting increasing demand for our services while maintaining their focus on delivering a gold standard of care for every single patient.
“Our new-look department will be beautifully illustrated with a Suffolk farming and countryside theme so that it reflects our local area, stands the test of time and appeals to children and young people of all ages.
“We’d encourage anyone who is thinking about holding a cake sale, arranging a sponsored walk or challenging themselves by running a marathon to consider supporting our children’s appeal and helping our dream become a reality.”
You can make a difference today by donating to our appeal online using the donate button above
You could also start your own fundraising event online
Every penny you donate to the Children’s Appeal through the charity will help us develop the Children’s Department at Ipswich Hospital for our younger patients both now and in the future. You can make a one off donation or set up a direct debit.
Alternatively, you can send a donation by cheque made payable to ‘Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity’ to Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, Post Box No 49, Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4 5PD or contact us for other options if you’d prefer to bring in cash raised through your fundraising.
For more information about the appeal, to offer support or fundraise towards the £2.5m total cost, contact Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity on 0300 770 1369, email firstname.lastname@example.org
“We are raising funds to redevelop the children’s ward and outpatient areas at the Ipswich Hospital (part of the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust). There is a small chance we will raise more than we need for this project. If this happens, or if for any unforeseen reason we are unable to proceed with the re-development project, your gift will be used to purchase equipment, furnishings and similar items which will benefit our younger patients attending the ward or outpatients. Your gift may also be used for staff development and training which directly benefits our younger patients.”