The Alex ventilator appeal
In 2014, we purchased new ventilators for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton as part of our ‘Sabrina’s Wish’ campaign.
The appeal was led by parent Martin Blencowe following the successful treatment of his daughter, Sabrina, for viral bronchiolitis when she was just four months old. Martin teamed up with us to fundraise for the cutting-edge equipment, to provide the most advanced non-invasive ventilation available. Together with the fantastic support of our individual donors, schools, trusts and local businesses, over £8,000 was pledged in six months.
The ventilators were installed on the High Dependency Unit (HDU) at the Alex and the impact on the critical care provided for patients was immediate. Staff were delighted with the results, and the exceptional medical treatment they were now able to give to the hospital’s most poorly children.
Unfortunately, the reality is that the number of patients needing intensive care is increasing every year. The staff on HDU are facing huge pressures and with the NHS stretched to near crisis point, upgrading and purchasing new equipment is simply not possible through government funding.
So, once again, we need YOUR help.
The HDU team have asked us to fundraise for more ventilators to ensure EVERY child who needs non-invasive ventilation will receive the appropriate treatment without delay.
The ventilators are used to treat over 130 children and babies a year, and most of these patients are under three years of age and facing a prolonged hospital stay. In addition to this, disabled children often need respiratory support throughout their multiple admissions, and several long-term patients require constant ventilation when on the ward. This can create a stressful environment for staff who are forced to juggle patient priority against equipment resource.
Here at Rockinghorse we are committing to providing the additional ventilators as soon as possible. By doing so, we can ensure ALL critically ill children who need this type of treatment will receive it immediately. Please donate to this new project and help us ensure we can continue our work for young patients who rely on the services at the Alex.
Here’s how you can support our appeal…
You can make a one-off donation by using our secure online facility by clicking here. You can call us on 01273 330044 to donate using your debit or credit card over the phone. Alternatively, you can donate by cheque payable to Rockinghorse Children’s Charity; our postal address is 13 Prince Albert Street, Brighton, BN1 1HE.