Welcome to MedEquip4Kids

MedEquip4Kids is a children’s charity raising money to provide paediatric medical equipment and facilities for hospitals and community health teams.

Welcome to MedEquip4Kids


Following the attack on Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017, MedEquip4Kids is launching a special appeal to raise £100,000 to make sure hospitals in Greater Manchester are fully equipped to provide emergency treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care to children and young people in the event of such incidents.

For over 30 years we have worked closely with hospitals in the North West to fund medical equipment and facilities not available from limited NHS budgets. We now want to offer some extra support to these hospitals and their young patients in their time of need.


All funds raised will help provide medical equipment for the hospitals that treated children injured in the attack, including North Manchester General Hospital, Royal Bolton Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital, and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM).

Thanks to an immediate response from our supporters VINCI Construction UK, who donated the proceeds from their golf day to our appeal, we have this week supplied the A&E department at Stepping Hill Hospital with an AccuVein AV400 vein illumination device, which allows clinicians carrying out venepuncture to see children’s veins that are invisible to the naked eye.

Kate Dear, Consultant Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Stepping Hill says:

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support from the public following the horrific Manchester Arena attack. We were simply doing our job, but are all very proud of the NHS response across Greater Manchester. The love and generosity that we have seen outweighs the evil and has united everyone even more.

“We are very grateful to MedEquip4Kids for their ongoing support. The AccuVein kit will reduce the stress caused to children in an already traumatic time, as it increases the speeds we can deliver time critical treatment and reduces the need to use intraosseous infusions, which is the process of injecting directly into the marrow of a bone.”

Stepping Hill Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital also need mobile sensory units, which use fibre-optic lights and sounds to calm and relax distressed children. In addition, Royal Oldham Hospital needs toys, games and a baby-changing unit to improve facilities for children in the waiting area. The charity is consulting with the other hospitals to establish their current and ongoing equipment needs.

DONATE now to the MedEquip4Kids Appeal. Click here to donate online or send a cheque payable to MedEquip4Kids to: The Appeals Office, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GP. Or text  KIDZ05 £5 (or your chosen amount) to 70070.

RAISE FUNDS by taking part in a sponsored challenge. We’d love as many people as possible to get involved in these upcoming events:

  • Step up September Challenge. Choose from three exciting events this September: the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the Great North Run or an abseil at the Trafford Centre. Find out more.

GET YOUR WORKPLACE INVOLVED by organising a dress down day, cake sale, pub quiz, golf day or your own unique event or challenge. Or donate an hour or even a day of your salary to the appeal.

SPREAD THE WORD by sharing our appeal on social media using the hashtag #MedEquip4KidsAppeal. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In.


  • VINCI Construction UK, who are donating the funds raised at their recent golf day and have agreed to raise another £30,000 for the appeal.
How You Can

Get involved with MedEquip4Kids and you can help us provide the best possible medical equipment and facilities for sick and injured children and babies.

Kaelan's Story

Kaelan Fairfax-Price was born almost 16 weeks early, weighing just 1lb 10oz, at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. He was transferred for further treatment to the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Royal Preston Hospital the same day. Due to his extreme prematurity, Kaelan required help with his breathing first from a ventilator, then through oxygen via a mask (CPAP). Finally he was treated using a vapotherm: a high flow oxygen therapy breathing support system.

Kaelan’s mother Stacey says: “Kaelan has been much happier since being nursed on the vapotherm – his observations are stable and he seems very comfortable”.

MedEquip4Kids has donated four vapotherms to the unit. Matron Jo Smith says: “The vapotherm is a non-invasive form of breathing support delivering humidified oxygen to babies. It also reduces the risk of pressure damage to the delicate preterm skin, which can be a risk with other breathing support systems.”

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