100k for Ayrshire's Children In Hospital
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we are delighted to announce that our generous supporters have helped us commit over £100,000 of funding for Ayrshire's children in hospital since the launch of Crosshouse Children's Fund in May 2019.
Crosshouse Children’s Fund was established by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity to raise money for the children’s wards, maternity and neonatal units at University Hospital Crosshouse and related paediatric services.
Funds raised would be put to work to provide enhanced equipment, support services and resources to alleviate the worries of a hospital visit for families cared for across NHS Ayrshire & Arran.
After just two years since its inception, and having faced the challenges of the pandemic which halted the majority of fundraising events, Crosshouse Children’s Fund has hit a significant milestone having now committed over £100,000 of support for Ayrshire’s children and families in hospital.
Funding awarded by Crosshouse Children’s Fund has benefited families that are cared for in a whole range of hospital and community healthcare settings. This includes the funding of specialist cots for the Ayrshire Maternity Unit, a brand new sensory garden at Ayrshire Central Hospital, emergency care packages for families and frontline staff in University Hospital Crosshouse during the pandemic, bereavement support for families, and technology to accommodate virtual visits for children in the paediatric wards. Out in the community, funding has also been granted for a whole variety of resources to enhance patient experiences for local Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Health Visiting teams.
This impact of this funding has been felt even more so as a result of the surmounting pressures on the NHS during Covid-19, with Crosshouse Children’s Fund’s emergency relief and support needed more than ever. This funding would not be possible however without the dedication of fundraisers and corporate partners, determined to play their part for Ayrshire’s children in hospital.
“Providing high quality health and care services is central to the work that we do. Despite the many challenges facing the NHS, we are continuously striving to improve and transform our services to ensure that children in hospital receive the best possible care. Crosshouse Children’s Fund has played an important part in helping us achieve this over these past two years by helping to equip our teams with resources and funding to make hospital experiences less worrying for children and their families.
We look forward to continuing our work with Crosshouse Children’s Fund across our sites, and would like to thank all of the generous fundraisers who have supported the fund so far.”
Professor Hazel Borland, Executive Nurse Director, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
William McGowan, Head of Partnerships & Events, Crosshouse Children's Fund said: "We are incredibly grateful to the individuals, schools and businesses across Ayrshire and Arran for their tremendous fundraising efforts – particularly during the pandemic. It has been humbling to see the lengths that people have gone to in lockdown to fundraise - the creativity and determination has been nothing short of inspiring.
"It is wonderful to see the positive impact that Crosshouse Children’s Fund’s enhancement projects, equipment and resources are having in hospital and community settings around Ayrshire, and this is all thanks to our committed donors and fundraisers – their generosity is what makes all of this possible.
“As restrictions begin to ease, we feel hopeful for the year ahead and are planning for future events and fundraising campaigns. There are so many opportunities for us to make hospital experiences even better for children and their families, so we hope that we can count on the continued support of people from across Ayrshire through 2021 and beyond.”