Refurbishing Patient Bedrooms at Leeds Children’s Hopsital

Leeds Children’s Hospital Charity, part of the Leeds Care family, raises valuable funds to help provide exceptional healthcare at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

In 2016, Leeds Cares started working with Leeds Children’s Hospital to kickstart a refurbishment project for wards L42 and L42 which care for children’s surgery patients.

There are three parent’s bedrooms on the wards which, in 2016, were in a bad state of repair and needed a long-awaited overhaul. The bedrooms are used by parents of children on the ward who need a place to stay overnight close to their child. Often, patients are referred to Leeds Children’s Hospital from far afield, meaning that transport and accommodation is sometimes difficult.

Wards L421 and L42 raised an amazing £1,000 through cake sales and auctions which went towards the refurbishment, but soon realised they needed support to continue.

Leeds Children’s Hospital Charity partnered with Leeds-based accountancy firm, Garbutt and Elliott and the Sills, an individual donor family, who had themselves used the facilities, to raise the remaining funds needed for a complete refurbishment.

Work was completed at the end of February 2018, with a full refurbishment of the bedrooms, new bathrooms fitted and furnishings kindly donated from Ikea.

David Welch, Chief Executive of Leeds Cares says ‘We are delighted with the finished results and completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the ward staff, Sills Family, Garbutt and Elliott and Ikea. The impact that this will have is evident and we are thrilled that there is now a place where parents can rest, relax and re-energise. This is a perfect example of people coming together in collaborative philanthropy to make an incredible difference.’

Debbie Smith, Senior Sister on ward L42 says ‘We are very proud to show parents into the rooms and no longer feel embarrassed.  We would like to thank everyone, who was involved in the fundraising, giving up time and helped to make our dream into reality.’

Throughout history, philanthropy has inspired innovation in healthcare. As we live longer and benefit from new treatments and technologies our health services are under increasing pressure. We must think differently and work together to drive change ensuring the very best healthcare is available when our families need it.

A huge well done to everyone involved!