MedEquip4Kids was founded in 1985 by the parents of a baby girl who was diagnosed with meningitis and nursed back to health at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in Manchester. Her parents wanted to show their gratitude to the hospital for the care she received, so they began fundraising for a new Intensive Care Unit.
Known as the Bobby Bear Appeal, the project was completed in record time. The charity then 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.