Here at MedEquip4Kids we’re marking our 35th birthday today! Our charity was set up in June 1985 by a couple after their little girl became seriously ill with meningitis and was treated at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in Manchester, where she made a full recovery.
At the time the hospital was unable to afford some vital items of equipment. To show their gratitude to the hospital that saved their daughter’s life, the couple began fundraising for the equipment.
Since then, we’ve raised over £24 million for medical equipment, play and distraction facilities in hospitals, specialised disability equipment, and resources to support young people’s mental health. Last year these resources had a positive impact on over 80,000 babies and children. Although we maintain our close connections with hospitals in the North West region, we’re steadily growing into a charity with a national remit.
In 2018 we began delivering our Hummingbird Programme, a six-week course of workshops for schools developed in partnership with psychologists at the University of Bolton. The programme aims to improve young people’s emotional wellbeing using concepts of Positive Psychology.
Click here to read more about the children our equipment has supported on the road to recovery.
MedEquip4Kids and COVID-19
The last few months have been challenging times for us all, but we were determined from the outset to step up and support our fabulous NHS in its battle against the coronavirus. We are so grateful to our donors who have rallied around – the response to our appeal has been absolutely amazing.
The funds raised have provided:
- Two AIRVO Optiflow units for Royal Bolton Hospital for use in treating children with breathing difficulties
- Portable suction machines for children with disabilities to help keep their lungs clear of mucus
- Toys, games, books and art kits (pictured) to support children’s mental wellbeing during the pandemic and in future.
We still need funds for more mental health resources and for further medical equipment in local hospitals, so if you can help, please donate here. Thank you.