The First Children's Champions
A doctor, an architect and a solicitor. In 1876 they formed a committee and between them decided it was “expedient to found an institution for the relief of poor sick children” opening a children’s hospital in Brightmore House, at a rent of £63 a year. They made history.
They thought that children would get the best care if they were in a hospital dedicated to treating them. One of these three founders was philanthropist Henry Vickers. Henry wanted to ensure that children had access to the best care possible so that they could have the best chance of a long and healthy life. If you become a Children’s Champion you will be helping to continue the original founding vision of Sheffield Children’s Hospital - to significantly improve child healthcare across Sheffield, the region and beyond.
Chair of Champions
Like many, if not most, parents in Sheffield, my children have been treated at the Children's Hospital. Most importantly, I know, from personal experience, what it is like to have a very poorly child – I understand the anguish, the fear and the sheer sense of helplessness that some parents are going through today and every day. Unfortunately, my daughter, Kirsty, could not be treated in Sheffield and had to go to Leeds so I also understand what it is like when you need to be with your sick child but your other children have to be left at home with family and friends. Sadly my daughter did not survive, but my experience made me determined to do whatever I could to help every sick child receive the best treatment that is available - and to support every parent whose child is ill.
My husband and I are passionate about giving something back to our community. So when the concept of the Children's Champions was pitched to us in 2014, the decision to become founder members was, for us, a 'no-brainer'. My ambition, as Chair of the Children's Champions, is to find more Champions so that we can double our annual donation and help to save even more young lives. Without the support of philanthropic individuals, we would not be able to to fund life saving medical equipment. It really is the gift of life.
The Children’s Hospital is about ½ mile from where I was born and close to where my parents now live. It’s incredible expertise has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of children and its potential is even greater; whilst its reputation is already deservedly global. The hospital’s charity ensures that the latest clinical technology and equipment is available and that each child and their families receive additional and vital emotional, pastoral and empathetic support which I know is so fundamental to a full, complete recovery. Indeed this is the core reason why I signed up to be a Children’s Champion. Every child has a right to thrive.
Requiring hospital treatment is a scary prospect for anybody, so imagine how terrifying it can be for a child? We are privileged in the Sheffield City Region to have one of only four dedicated children's hospitals in the country and we can quite rightly claim that our Children's Hospital stands out from the crowd
Children's Champions are caring individuals and organisations who volunteer to give back to society with no expectation of a reward in return, other than to know how beneficial their charitable contributions were to those in need.
This vitally significant extra funding, which is over-and-above the basic NHS funding, is what enables our hospital:
- (i)To provide exceptional facilities helping both the children and their loved ones to relax and play within the confines of the hospital. This makes the process of medical treatment so much more bearable and speeds up the recovery process;
- (ii)To purchase extraordinary medical equipment that allows the hospital to deliver World Class treatment to its patients; and
- (iii)To attract the best medical consultants and surgeons to come to Sheffield and work at our hospital because it is able to fund their research & development into novel medicines and treatments.
As Children's Champions you can be proud to know that your contributions are genuinely helping to save lives and to enrich the quality of life for so many children.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much, we are truly grateful for your support.
We need the support of the Children's Champions to help Sheffield Children's Hospital remain a centre of excellence. Having visited the hospital as a child, and again as a mum with my four children, I know first-hand how fortunate we are to have such an amazing standalone children's hospital on our doorstep.
I became involved in fundraising with the charity in 2011 and have continued to support them ever since. But the hospital needs additional life-saving equipment to keep on top of the latest cutting-edge technological advances, to make it the best it can be for our children. That's why Children's Champions are so important.
Rebecca and Steve Gullick
As parents to two children we have visited the accident and emergency department of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital on a number of occasions. It wasn’t until 2015 when one of our children was diagnosed with a life threatening illness that we realised how lucky we were to have such an amazing facility on our doorstep. Fortunately our son has recovered but this experience has left us with desire to fundraise for the hospital, particularly the refurbishment project of the Haematology and Oncology Ward. We were very proud to become part of the Children’s Champions and hope that with our support Sheffield Children’s Hospital can continue to improve and develop to ensure that many more families can benefit from the exceptional care provided.