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Children’s charity releases annual Impact Report for 2017/18

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has thanked donors, fundraisers and volunteers for a year of success on the release of its annual 2017/18 Impact Report.

The information, which has been distributed to the charity’s supporters and partners across the country, illustrates the vital work carried out to support the patients of Scotland’s largest children’s hospital.

Key statistics in the report highlight how – thanks to the charity’s donors – more than £3 million was invested in services and equipment, with 168,000 patients treated and over 17,000 hours given by volunteers.

It also demonstrates the ongoing commitments funded by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity – including patient and family support services, an extensive play programme and cutting edge medical equipment – and calls on continued support to ensure its work continues for another year, and beyond.

The stand-out success of the charity’s flagship Schiehallion Appeal in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, is also highlighted. The original £500,000 target was surpassed – with £885,000 raised to further develop the Schiehallion Clinical Trials Centre to help children affected by cancer and blood disorders.

The report also features the launch of two vital services – the pioneering MoVE (Move on Ventilation Early) initiative and the Bereavement Service.

MoVE has transformed the Intensive Care Unit, promoting quicker recovery through movement, from cuddles to short walks – even for children who cannot leave their beds.

The new Bereavement Service, which costs £110,000 per year to run and is delivered by Child Bereavement UK offers immediate and long-term support to grieving families affected by the loss of a child.

Shona Cardle, chief executive of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Our Impact Report shows the vast difference our work makes to patients and their families, as well as the wider hospital. We are extremely proud of the successes we have achieved over the last year – with volunteers clocking up more than 17,000 hours, almost £1 million raised via our Schiehallion Appeal, and the launch of a much-needed Bereavement Service and pioneering project to transform the Intensive Care Unit.

“However, our work never stops and our commitment to ensuring the best care possible for patients and their families continues. We rely on the unwavering support of individuals, companies and communities alike to help support our young patients, and we are so thankful for the wonderful support received.  We cannot do all that we do annually without the help of our wonderful donors and supporters.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to take a look at our Impact Report to get a feel for exactly the type of work we do, and to find out what a difference we can continue to make – and how they can get involved and help us on our journey.”

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s 2017-18 Impact Report can be found at www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org/our-impact