Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity, formerly known as the NI Children’s Cancer Unit Fund, has helped hundreds of children suffering from cancer and blood disorders across Northern Ireland since it was set up in April 1984.

At an event in Belfast’s Harbour Commissioners today, attended by beneficiaries of the charity and its generous donors, the charity officially launched its new branding and its latest fundraising appeal which aims to raise £800,000 to build two isolation rooms that will be added to the Cancer & Haematology Unit at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in the next 18 months.

The new isolation rooms will support children receiving life-saving treatment at the local unit and will enable the charity to improve its offering by creating a safe space for high risk patients. The charity was responsible for funding the development of the Cancer & Haematology Unit at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children back in 1986 which cost £3million.

 Catlin Warke (15) and Melissa Harshaw (9) to launch the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity’s latest fundraising appeal which aims to raise £800,000
Catlin Warke (15) and Melissa Harshaw (9) to launch the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity’s latest fundraising appeal which aims to raise £800,000

Speaking on behalf of The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity, Jacqueline Wilkinson, administrator, said, “Between 50 – 60 children with newly diagnosed cancer , and between 100 -200 newly diagnosed children with benign haematological conditions are treated in the Cancer & Haematology Unit each year. Our plan is to build and open two new isolation rooms, which will provide essential protection for children receiving immune suppressive treatments and require rigorous safeguarding from infection. These vital rooms will assist the Unit in providing treatment for all the at-risk children each year.

Talking about the campaign and the charity’s commitment to helping young people with cancer and blood disorders, Karen Brookes, Co-Director, Planning & Redevelopment, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said, “We welcome the current fundraising efforts from The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity who in addition to funding the development of the Cancer & Haematology Unit also donated £300,000 to the Children’s MRI scanner which is arriving next week. The unit is widely used by patients from across Northern Ireland and the additional isolation units are now a necessity. The Belfast Trust will also be creating a new dedicated entrance to the unit, providing children and their families with ease of access and privacy whilst they undergo treatment.”

The Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit Fund was set up in April 1984 by parents, relatives, friends and medical professionals concerned about facilities for children and young adults with cancer and blood disorders such as haemophilia and has set a long term objective to achieve a dedicated haematology and oncology unit for children at the new children’s hospital planned to open its doors within the next five years.

For further information or to show your support for the charity’s appeal visit http://childrenscancerunit.com/

Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children Former patient at the Cancer & Heamatology Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Melissa Harshaw, aged nine helps launch the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity’s latest fundraising appeal which aims to raise £800,000 to build two isolation rooms that will be added to the Cancer & Haematology Unit at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in the next 18 months. Picture By John Murphy, Aurora PA
Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
Former patient at the Cancer & Heamatology Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Melissa Harshaw, aged nine helps launch the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity’s latest fundraising appeal which aims to raise £800,000 to build two isolation rooms that will be added to the Cancer & Haematology Unit at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in the next 18 months. Picture By John Murphy, Aurora PA
Love Belfast
Belfast guide to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concerts, events, hotels, entertainment, special offers, news, gossip, travel, festivals and culture. http://lovebelfast.co.uk

Related Articles

PLAY LOCAL, COMPETE GLOBAL IN NOVEL CHARITY GOLF CHALLENGE

A unique charity golf tournament is giving players in Northern Ireland the chance to compete against a global field, thanks to a revolutionary new...

3 Year Old With Learning Disability Learns To Walk & In Just 6 Months Takes On Jumping Challenge For Mencap

Three-year-old Lucius Corry, who has Down’s syndrome, a hearing impairment and ventricular septal defect, is taking on his biggest challenge yet to raise vital...

Social Media Star Adam B Gives Young YouTubers A Gift To Remember

Last weekend Derry YouTube star Adam Beales gave out over £20k worth of gifts to people he believed needed help. But three young people really...

Leave a Reply

Stay Connected

81,867FansLike
60,888FollowersFollow
164,543FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

HOLIDAY INN® EXPRESS BELFAST COMPLETES 3-YEAR, £5M MAKEOVER

In an on-going commitment to excellence, Andras Hotels, has completed a full lobby ‘New Generation Concept’ upgrade at the Holiday Inn® Express in the culmination...

Nearly one in ten Brits find happiness in ditching the daily commute

Cities happiest about saving money on commuting during lockdown revealed Londoners will spend over £223,906² on commuting in their careers Nearly one in ten...

Lidl Northern Ireland to Launch First Ever Own-Brand Range of Super Fairtrade Chocolate Bars

Lidl Northern Ireland Partners with Fairtrade to Further Invest in Sustainable Cocoa Cultivation by Paying Additional Premium Lidl Northern Ireland is launching an exciting new...

Ways to Spot a Good Job Opportunity

It can be a minefield out there when it comes to looking for a new career opportunity, especially when looking for one that not...

The University Of Wonder and Imagination To Bring The Magic Of Theatre Into Irish Homes

Ground-breaking immersive digital show by children’s theatre company Cahoots NI set to delight Irish audiences Children’s theatre company Cahoots NI has launched an immersive digital...