Children’s Happy Hospital Fund is a registered charity, supporting the Children and Young People’s Health Directorate at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. We also support the Community Nursing team, Children’s Theatres and other Paediatric areas within Derriford Hospital.
Many children and young people need admission to hospital. For many it is only a short stay but for others, who have long term chronic illnesses, frequent hospital stays and also continuing care at home is required.
Staff work hard to help and support children and young people, their families and carers through these difficult and sometimes traumatic times. However, there is always more that can be done and CHHF works to do ‘that little bit more’, such as purchase play and recreational items, improve the facilities for carers, buy additional medical equipment or support the provisions that cannot be financed from any other source.
The Children’s Happy Hospital aims to make a difference for all young patients, for their families and carers both in hospital and at home. Extra support is provided in a variety of ways, including:
- Improving the facilities available for parents and carers
- Purchasing new toys, books and quality play equipment
- Making a difference to the hospital environment by contributing to the costs of improving the surroundings, for example with art work, themed decoration and supplying additional furniture.
- Providing and maintaining high-tech medical equipment
- Providing specialist staff training to supplement the high standards of medical care that the children receive.
We are aiming to raise money to improve the facilities and services that we provide for children and young people within the Child Health Directorate. Child Health itself is broad and covers the following areas of service:
Main areas within Derriford Hospital
Children’s High Dependency Unit
Children’s Assessment Unit
Children’s Theatres – Level 6
We plan to raise money for all these areas which all have very different needs – from high-tech medical equipment to play therapy toys. All funding requests are discussed at regular committee meetings, where a decision is made based on individual needs.
To help achieve their goals the charity hopes to attract new interest and recruit volunteers who can help in many ways, by holding fundraising events, with donations, joining the committee to help plan the way forward.