Every year 4,000 children are admitted to Great Western Hospital Children's Ward, many with long term medical conditions. Children of all ages from babies up to 18 years old, come in for the day, or repeatedly over several years, whilst others sadly are inpatients for much longer periods.
For many children, a stay away from the comforts of home and family can be a frightening and bewildering experience. So, we aim to make the Children's Ward a welcoming place offering young patients a home away from home to spend precious time with their families.
We want to transform the ward with equipment that will enhance the service on offer to families and make life that little bit easier for our staff.
Brighter Futures is currently fundraising for:
- Refurbishment of the playroom
- A wet room for children with disabilities
- Mental health provision
The unit also needs donated items to help support patients and improve the ward environment:
- Canvas books
- 3-6 months baby grows
- 6-12 months baby grows
- 3-6 months baby socks
- 6-12 months baby socks
All items must be new for infection control reasons.
If you would like to donate towards these projects or support the purchase of these items or wish to make a general donation towards the Children's Ward please click here.
If you are a local business and would like to make a corporate gift or take on a team challenge the Children's Ward have the following projects available for support: