Children and Staff at Derriford hospital need your help to create a beautiful underwater-themed extension to the children’s Emergency Department.
There are over 53,000 children living in Plymouth and more live within the Trust's surrounding catchment areas. Over 16,000 of these young people were treated in the Emergency Department in the last year.
Plymouth Hospital's Charity and the Children's Happy Hospital Fund have come together to run a Christmas Appeal called Splash'ED'. The Trust is building the Paediatric expansion to the Emergency Department and the two charities are hoping to raise enough money to put a ‘Splash of Colour’ on all the walls to make the area look and feel much more child-friendly.
The charities are hoping that people in the community, families and children will get behind the Splash'ED' Appeal and help them raise £10,000. The money raised will go towards creating a beautiful design of a coral reef in the waiting area and bring images of friendly sea creatures to the walls and doors of the area.
The children will hopefully be distracted from their fears, aches and pains by the calm aquatic space. Characters like Conrad the Clownfish and Poppy the Pufferfish will guide the children in their under-the-sea adventure but the charities need your help to raise the additional funds.
Corinne Bailey, Charity Development Manager at Derriford said: "I was surprised by the number of children we see in the Emergency Department over the course of a year. That's definitely a lot of anxious Mums and Dads, families and of course, young people themselves.
“By creating a beautiful, yet calm and colourful environment, we will go some way to alleviating this anxiety and I really hope families and businesses will get behind this joint fundraising project.
“We are always extremely grateful to people who want to give presents and gifts to the children who are in hospital but hope this year that people will be kind enough to donate to our Splash ‘ED’ Appeal so that Conrad and Poppy are there to greet the children and help alleviate their fears."
To make a donation visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/childrenshappyhospitalfund or www.justgiving.com/campaign/splashED or you can send a cheque made payable to Children’s Happy Hospitals Fund, Level 12, Derriford Hospital Plymouth PL6 8DH. To make a debit or credit card donation please call the hospital’s Cashiers Office on 01752 439805
For more information the charities can be contacted on 01752 430332 (PHC) or 01752 430129 (CHHF)