Being a parent seems to come hand in hand with worry. From their first breath in the world, you want to do everything in your power to keep them as safe and healthy as possible. It’s a natural reaction to want this for them, and for yourself but sometimes it isn’t always possible.
I know I’ve been very lucky with Olivia. Yes, she was born 5 weeks early and spent time in the special care baby unit at Arrow Park Hospital. But, compared to other little ones in the unit her health issues were relatively mild and non-life threatening and it was more for observation than anything else. The day she hit 36 weeks, she seemed to thrive overnight and was discharged from the unit 2 days before we came home.
Since then she has been the picture of health. Common colds and bugs aside. Her one major issue is her eyesight. With virtually no sight in her left eye, doctors weren’t sure if this was linked to her prematurity or not. But it hasn’t affected her quality of life in any way.
Then last year she got her first serious illness. One which resulted in a week of doctors visits and fighting against medical advice for someone to take me seriously and check her out. Eventually, they listened. She had Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. The doctor at the local hospital knew this upon sight and she was treated accordingly. Back to her normal self again with the week.
However, what if your child was seriously ill and needed more help than some Calpol? What would you do or where would you go?
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital was founded in 1914 and is now one of the largest children’s hospitals in the UK. In October 2015 a new hospital was opened in Springfield Park, Liverpool. March 2016 saw Alder Hey and the University of Liverpool open the first phase of a dedicated state of the art research, innovation and education centre right next to the hospital.
I know how I would feel about having this centre and its vital resources operational right next to the hospital. To know people were working on finding a cure, or new treatment method to help my child. I don’t think you can put a price on that, can you?
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity Appeal.
This is where you can help Alder Hey. They need to raise vital funds to continue on with phase 2 of the project. To expand and develop and to double the space it has to undertake this kind of work. A specialised building to take on world-class research right on the doorstep of the people it will benefit. And for children all over the world.
How to Donate to Alder Hey.
If you would love to donate to Alder Hey in any way, they would love to hear from you. From fundraising events of your own to taking part in one of the exciting events they already have lined up. No amount is too small and all monies go towards helping children from all over the UK through research and advancements in medicine.
You can even purchase products should you prefer, all our kids have the hats and scarfs from Matalan. With the charity receiving 100% of the profits towards the new research, innovation and education centre.
To find out more about the charity you can visit their website, Alder Hey Charity.
*Disclaimer: I was approached to write this post to help with the fundraising for the new centre. I received no payment for this post*