Our thanks must go to all those who so generously donated prizes for our Grand Draw this year. The draw was made on the 1st October and raised a total of £1, 147.00, which will go towards our continuing support of the hospital social workers. There is an increased demand on the social workers list owing to the opening of the new wards in the hospital. The neurological patients from Frenchay and the renal patients from Southmead are now treated in the Children’s Hospital, so all the paediatric services are under one roof of the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
On Sunday, 28th September we held a children’s party to help raise funds for the Guild. We were celebrating 14 years of our supporting POD, who provide entertainment on the wards in the hospital. Colin Dymond and Snot the Dragon, who put in regular appearances at the hospital, came to entertain us all – parents and children alike. Colin makes magic and is an enchanter, with his dragon, his naughty shaggy dog and his parrot. One mother said of the party ‘ My boys adored the party! They couldn’t stop talking about it!’
Our thanks go to Colin and also to Baker Ross who generously donated materials for two craft tables at the party. Thank you to all who came to support the Guild and the work it does for the hospital. If you would like to see Snot the Dragon you can contact Colin at aceofdiamonds.co.uk.
Belle & Boo, based in Bristol and known for their original, nostalgic ‘story book’ illustrations of children have very generously donated several boxes of brand new books and accessories to the Guild of Friends. We have passed this wonderful donation onto the hospital play department so that all the items can be shared and used amongst the children staying at the hospital.
We support the hospital play department throughout the year. The Play department does a wonderful job entertaining both the patients and their siblings through a myriad of creative and educational activities as well as simply providing a haven of fun. This department depends entirely on voluntary funding for its equipment from books, paint and crayons to outdoor play equipment.
The Guild of Friends and the Play Department would like to say thank you to Belle & Boo, we are very grateful for the lovely donation.
Last Friday, The Guild of Friends of the Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital committee came together for one of our favourite annual activities, making posies for Mothers Day. Traditionally, every year, The Guild of Friends produces 100 or more fresh flower Mothering Sunday posies. We fill empty baby milk bottles with flowers, deliver them to the hospital and then every child who is currently resident at the hospital has a little posy of flowers to give their mother on Sunday.
Our next fundraising event will be a family tea party featuring the POD magicians. Bring your children along for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and delicious cakes while raising money for a great cause. The date and ticket information about this event will follow shortly, so please check back soon for more details.
The ‘Star by Star’ project is a super craft activity for all the children to participate in run by the Play Department at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Chilren. The simple concept encourages children in the hospital to create their very own star designs. The Guild of Friends and The Angels in Art Project support the specially made ‘star boxes’, filled with art supplies and reference materials, which help the Play Department to inspire the wonderful work produced by the children. Decorating the star is found to be a great motivator and it is often the first activity the children join in with after a long period of great illness or a large operation. To be able to achieve something so unique is marvellous for them. Some of the funds have been used to provide children with photocopies and sheets of stickers created from their star designs which they get to take home and which gives great delight.
Smith & Williamson’s Charities Committee invites staff to nominate charities to be considered to receive a Christmas donation from the firm, often where there is some personal connection. The Guild of Friends was very fortunate to be nominated as one of many charities and we have received a donation of £200. We would like to say thank you to all the staff at Smith & Williamson.
This charity fair is run by an independent committee who for the last 15 years have supported The Guild of Friends of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. This year the Mendip Fair raised £11,850 in total and this was shared between the two chosen charities – The Guild of Friends of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospice South West.
The Guild of Friends received £5,925 from the proceeds of the fair and our grateful thanks go to the Mendip Fair Committee for allowing us to benefit from this wonderful event.
Bristol Grammar School very kindly had a collection after their carol concert in December and have donated the fantastic total of £746.00 to the Guild of Friends. We would like to say a huge thank you for this very generous donation. BGS has supported the Guild of Friends for many years and every year they give us the proceeds from their carol concert collection. Thank you for all your support over the years.
In recent years we have been able to purchase several TENs machines. The TENs machines allow children with chronic conditions to leave hospital and return to their families, school and activities. This specialist equipment often reduces the inpatient time and improves the quality of life of the children.
We have contributed £20,000 for a Diomed Laser for use in twin to twin transfusion, significantly reducing the risk of death or disability to twins affected with this syndrome. For the wards we purchased a portable saturation monitor and some new apnoea alarms, which monitor and measure children’s respiratory rates. Most recently we have contributed £13,000 towards a new high tech baby resuscitation mannequin for training staff.