Its December which can only mean one thing…. its time for the Children’s Hospital Charity Snowflake appeal light switch on!
Aizlewoods Flooring are incredibly proud to be sponsoring again this year. The snowflake appeal has grown considerably this year with even more local and nationwide businesses sponsoring the beautiful snowflakes. The ‘switch on’ event was as good as ever this year and was held in the Octagon Centre due to the overwhelming amount of people who wanted to attend, plus the event gained coverage from BBC Look North which was great exposure for the charity.
The phenomenal amount of £256,800 has been raised this year through snowflake sponsorship and will help greatly towards the following appeals;
New Emergency Department – the current ED was built to see 32,000 patients but is now seeing 60,000 patients! Therefore a new department will create space and privacy so that children can receive care in the most appropriate setting. The expanded department will see the waiting room expand to four times the current size, with more treatment, consultancy and examination rooms.
Cancer Ward – Clinically treatment in the cancer ward is outstanding, however the facilities are not quite up to scratch. The ward wants to create a home from home with space, privacy and natural light which will help create a place of sanctuary and calm. The transformed ward will create private patient rooms with on suite facilities, giving patients a place to make their own, with space for a parent to sleep alongside them. The redevelopment will increase the wards foot print, with larger bed bays and isolation rooms. Most importantly the expanded space will give even more space for the children to play.
Helipad – currently emergency cases being brought to the hospital by helicopter have to land at Weston park which is opposite the hospital which means patients then have to be taken across a busy road to access the ED and the helicopters are also limited to when they can land e.g. cannot land in the dark or in bad weather. A helipad on the roof of the building will mean that patients can land anytime with flood lighting and would have a sophisticated electric trace heating on the deck which would ensure snow & ice would not disrupt its use.
There is still time for individuals or families to sponsor their own virtual snowflake which will help the charity generate even more funds for their appeals – visit https://snowflake.tchc.org.uk