How a legacy can help

?Any gift large or small will make a difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and families

Ebony Taylor, from Bentley in Doncaster, has been treated at the hospital for epilepsy and needs MRI scans to monitor the activity in her brain. On September 4th 2015, she became the first patient to use the new fully digital intraoperative 3T MRI scanner which was part funded through legacy donations. 

Betty left a staggering once in a lifetime £845,273 to The Children’s Hospital Charity in her Will. The Sheffield widow had no surviving family, but remembered our hospital – a cause she had championed in life – in her estate. The money helped fund a life-saving 3T MRI scanner, giving our neurosurgery team the best possible equipment to save the lives of children with brain tumours and other neurological conditions.

Carolyn, a friend of Betty’s said: “She was a thoroughly Yorkshire lass – quite frugal but extremely generous at the same time. If anyone needed anything, Betty would be there to help them out. I will miss her greatly.” 

Leaving a legacy will help a child’s life, it really is the gift of life. Every penny donated makes a difference.
£70 could pay for four physiotherapy mats, £200 could pay for furniture in an adolescents room so our older patients can recuperate in an environment designed specifically for them, £50 could help bring an entertainment system to patient bedrooms. Any donation large or small can help make it better for generations to come.

We have developed a pioneering screening programme

One of these projects developed a pioneering screening programme which detects rare life threatening diseases in babies. Thanks to a successful pilot study led by Sheffield Children’s Hospital, all newborn babies in England will be screened for four additional rare but serious conditions. Testing for these conditions, leading to early detection and treatment, is potentially life-saving and gives children the best possible start.

Research for Brittle Bone Disease

Our charity has also funded research into brittle bone disease or Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which is commonly diagnosed following sustaining a fracture. The project identified a genetic cause of the condition and defined clinical features of patients with the disease. The incredible findings mean clinicians can now diagnose children with atypical presentation of brittle bones.