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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).

The A&E department at Stepping Hill Hospital needs an AccuVein AV400 vein illumination device, which allows clinicians carrying out venepuncture to see children’s veins that are invisible to the naked eye. MedEquip4Kids is supplying this equipment immediately.

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:

  • The Color Run on Saturday 1st July at Etihad Campus. The happiest 5k on the planet! Runners will end up covered in rainbow colours. Find out more.
  • 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.

We’re grateful to:

  • 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.

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“This donation has enabled us to use more varied and useful therapeutic toys and games when working with children and young people with mental health difficulties, as well as using extra clinic rooms which are now more child-friendly. This has helped reduced anxiety about coming to CAMHS and meant that family therapy can be done. Both parents of a 10 year old boy can now attend with their 5 year old as the youngest child can play with our new resources in the waiting room or clinic space. The 10 year old benefited from therapeutic games about thoughts/feelings and we were also able to observe imaginative play for assessment.”

Dr Eleanor Oswald
Clinical Psychologist, CAMHS
Vale of Leven Hospital

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