Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is a centre of excellence recognized internationally for the ground breaking pediatric treatments that it provides.
The Guild of Friends has been working to support the hospital since 1948. For many years it provided the main source of charitable funding for the hospital. With the building of the new hospital came the necessity to raise very large amounts of money to match the funding provided by the government for the fabric of the building. Professional fundraisers were appointed for this purpose. The Guild consists of a small committee of volunteers which incurs only the most minimal of costs so that all monies donated to us go directly to benefit the children in the hospital. The aim of the charity is quite simply to support the welfare of the children in the care of the hospital. We work closely with the hospital management and staff to ensure that we provide the most effective help possible.
Each month, we give £1,000 to the social work department which provides subsistence support to families on low incomes whose children are undergoing treatment in the hospital. Families come to the hospital from all over the South West peninsular and the money we donate frequently goes to help with the costs of travel as well as meeting the cost of food and telephone calls.
We fund monthly visits from professional entertainers and magicians who bring fun and laughter to the wards.
We support the play department which provides creative and educational activities for both patients and their siblings. The department depends to a great extent on voluntary funding to provide everything from paints and paper to outdoor play equipment.
On the request of the hospital we provide the money to buy specialist equipment which is urgently needed but which is beyond the current resources of the hospital.