Based in Manchester, MedEquip4Kids improves the health of babies and children in the UK by providing hospitals with equipment not available from limited NHS resources. We also deliver our Hummingbird Project mental health workshops in schools.
Since 1985 MedEquip4Kids has raised over £24 million to fund neo natal and paediatric medical equipment, sensory and play facilities in hospitals, specialised equipment for disabled children and mental health support. Last year these resources had a positive impact on the health of 93,600 young people.
The charity was set up in 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.
Initially known as the Bobby Bear Appeal, the project was completed in record time. After that the organisation expanded to cover hospitals across Greater Manchester and was renamed the Children’s Hospitals Appeal Trust (CHAT). In 2004 the charity became MedEquip4Kids.
We now work with medical staff, play therapists, community nurses and special schools throughout the UK to provide equipment not available from NHS budgets and to improve the environment in hospitals. Since 2014 we have also funded resources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to ensure they are fully equipped to support children with mental health issues.
In 2018 we launched our very own programme of mental health workshops in schools, the Hummingbird Project.
MedEquip4Kids is a small-to-medium sized organisation with an annual turnover of £400,000-£500,000. It is governed by a board of eight trustees with expertise in finance, medicine and law, and run by a small team of six full-time and three part-time staff.
Our income is generated from corporate partnerships, grants from trusts and foundations, events, and donations from regular givers and the community. Many parents whose children received lifesaving treatment using equipment funded by the charity have gone on to volunteer or fundraise for us.
Our accounts are available to view on the Charity Commission website.
Registered charity number: 1102830
Registered company number: 4655610