As I am sure more people are aware, Alder Hey is a Childrens Hospital based in Liverpool and is one of the UK’s most prominent childrens hospitals. They do amazing work treating over a quarter of a million children each year. Already specialists in Oncology and Muscular Dystrophy as well as spinal, heart and brain conditions. They are also the first UK Centre of Excellence for Childhood Lupus but they don’t want to stop there.
I wish we lived in a world where a service such as this wasn’t required, but since becoming a mum it’s made me realise even more how precious and fragile life is. We all live in fear that some terrible disease or illness will take our children away from us. When they do strike, thank goodness that there are places like Alder Hey where we can turn.
THE INSTITUTE IN THE PARK
The Institute in the Park is a state-of-the-art dedicated research, education and innovation centre. The first phase was opened in March 2016. The idea is that this new centre will position Alder Hey and the Univeristy of Liverpool as international leaders in the development of safer and more effective medicines. As you would expect, this is aimed at treatments for children and young people throughout the world.
The institute is currently the working home to approximately 100 research, education and clinical staff and as you would expect from a world leading institution, has specialist facilities that allows them to produce remarkable life-saving and life-changing results.
The building features two lecture theatres, a boardroom, a state-of-the art Library, dedicated e-learning suite and quiet study room. Video conferencing equipment enables Alder Hey to beam events, meetings and teaching seminars around the world and the facility has technology for live streaming from the hospital theatres.
ALDER HEY CHILDRENS CHARITY APPEAL
The work is not over though, and Alder Hey Children’s Charity is raising vital funds to build the second phase of the Institute in the Park.
This appeal will allow the hospital to extend the current Institute building and develop even better treatments for children and young people. The fact of the matter is that they need more room, and this second phase will allow the institute to double the space available. This in turn will allow them to increase the work they are able to do in research and innovation.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
I’m glad you asked! This unfortunately all takes time and most importantly money. You can contribute in a number of ways:
- Fundraising through your own event – coffee mornings, bake off’s, fun runs: there are so many options to choose when arranging your own event. Hints, tips and support in how to do this can be found on the Alder Hey website.
- Make a donation – if you just want to simply support the campaign and make a small donation, then you can do so via the Alder Hey donation page on their site.
I truly hope that none of us are ever in a position where we need to use a hospital like Alder Hey, but if we are then we are lucky in the UK to have such a world leading institution available to help if we need it. However, research and the development of new treatments to fight back against the things that want to take our children takes both time and money. If we can help, then it’s important that we do so now. Afterall, if we won’t then who will?
DISCLOSURE: This post was written in coordination with the Alder Hey Children’s Charity, however no payment or goods were provided to take part in the campaign.