Working in partnership with local hospitals, respite centres and specialist services, we fund projects which focus on improving children’s physical and emotional well-being, while providing additional support services for parents and carers.
Here you can find out a little bit more about some of the projects in Sussex that we’ve recently funded…
Hillside School Drivedeck
Hillside School in Portslade is a 78-pupil community special school which caters for young people from 4-16 years of age. Pupils range from having profound and multiple learning disabilities to severe or moderate learning disabilities. Specially trained staff at the school work alongside health and social care colleagues to maximise the potential of all their pupils and to provide the best for all learners.
We’ve recently funded a Smile Smart Drivedeck to benefit wheelchair users at the school. Replacing their previous 20-year-old platform wheelchair base, the new powered platform base enables children to convert their specialist static seating into a powered wheelchair. The Drivedeck enables children to sit in their individual seating system and access powered wheelchair mobility using either a hand or head switch or a joystick.
Access to this piece of equipment means that pupils can enjoy increased participation in P.E. and physical activities at the school. The Drivedeck system includes a track which can be used inside and outside so that wheelchair bound pupils can also access the playground during playtime.
Resuscitaires for the TMBU
We’ve purchased a resuscitaire to enable training of resuscitations skills at birth to benefit the neonatal service at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) and Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) in Brighton. The Panda Resuscitaire is essential for teaching the skills required to resuscitate an infant at birth. It is a complex system and mirrors those that would be used in clinical practice.
The training resuscitaire is used for day-to-day in situ simulation and is also used in the two national newborn resuscitation courses run by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH). The resuscitaire allows trained staff to teach essential resuscitation skills to doctors, nurses, midwives and advanced nurse practitioners both in situ on the ward and on nationally recognised resuscitation courses.
The need for resuscitation at birth is unpredictable and it is essential that any member of the TMBU and RSCH neonatal service needs to be able to promptly and effectively resuscitate newborns when the need arises, therefore reducing risk to any newborn infant who needs resuscitation.
TMBU X-ray appeal
At Christmas, we launched a £100,000 appeal to provide the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton with an X-ray Imaging Machine. Thanks to your incredible support, we’ve been able to raise the funds needed to purchase the specialist equipment which will be on site in the Autumn.
The machine will provide neonatal staff with an instant X-ray image, allowing immediate modification of lines and tubes on a premature baby. The equipment will significantly improve the overall experience of a preterm infant, who typically requires multiple X-rays to be taken during their admission. The new digital imaging system will completely revolutionise the way in which staff at the TMBU can treat their tiny patients.
Toys for Seaside View
Seaside View Child Development Centre is located within Brighton General Hospital. The centre assesses, diagnoses and supports over 100 children, babies and young people a week from birth to 19 years of age with additional needs by providing support, training and advice for parents.
We’ve funded brand new toys for their four clinic rooms and reception area to support the nursery team and paediatricians, replacing their previous old and shabby ones. Having access to these toys provides a good distraction if a child is feeling anxious or worried ahead of, or during their appointment.
Whoopsadaisy is a small, Brighton-based charity helping children with physical disabilities live life as independently as possible. They provide weekly under-5’s groups, Saturday sessions and holiday clubs for 5 to 12-year-olds. We’ve recently funded two new pieces of specialist equipment to help the children at Whoopsadaisy become more independent.
Most of the children who attend their groups and sessions have cerebral palsy, which affects their posture, co-ordination, balance and mobility. The new rollator and conductive education plinth purchased with our funding, will improve a child’s experience and develop their progress, benefiting around 40 children who access the services at Whoopsadaisy.
A rollator is a walking aid for children who are able to bear weight on their legs and hold on with their hands. The equipment allows staff to help the child to take steps, walk with more freedom and become more independent. The plinth is a specialist slatted table which enables the children to hold on safely and encourages them to open their hands as they hold on, and staff can attach equipment such as mirrors and grasp bars to encourage standing and seated positions.