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Celebrating Oxford Children's Hospital

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Ten years ago the doors opened to a hospital that now holds a special place in the hearts of thousands of families across Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.

Designed with the needs of children and their families in mind, Oxford Children's Hospital is bright and spacious, built with indoor and outdoor play areas and its own school.

The hospital was made possible thanks to a huge campaign that raised around £15 million to fund half the costs of this wonderful local facility.

To mark this anniversary Oxford Children's Hospital Charity has a £2 million fundraising appeal - to make the hospital and children's services across our NHS trust even better for our young patients and their families.

We are delighted that with your help we have now raised £1.5 million but we still need your support to reach our £2 million goal.

We hope you will help us!

Oxford Children's Hospital Charity celebrates raising £1 million

We know that one of the most important things we can offer children in hospital is the chance for their parents to be close by - day or night.

Many of our patients travel a long way to get to our hospital, and the current accommodation for parents to stay overnight simply isn't big enough for all of them. Some parents, including those of newborn babies in intensive care and others with children having major surgery, are unable to stay overnight. We want to do better than this.

Working with the Ronald McDonald House Charity, planning has been agreed to build new 62 bedroom accommodation at the John Radcliffe Hospital for parents to stay near their children as they go through treatment.

Our fundraising appeal will help make this happen.

We are also planning to make improvements to outside play areas in the Children's Hospital, and we want to keep up with the latest medical advances by providing more state-of-the-art medical equipment and utilising the latest developments in biomedical science.

All the funds raised will benefit children's care across Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including the Children's Ward at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

Oxford Children's Hospital Charity logoWe hope we can count on your support!

If you would like to know more about supporting the appeal, please contact us:

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Laura's story


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Laura tells us why fundraising makes a difference

14 year old Laura Thompson has already had 10 operations since her birth at the Oxford Children's Hospital and has spent around 15 percent of her life in hospital.

She says:

"At the Oxford Children's Hospital I'm as happy as any unwell child can be. And my dad says happy kids get better more quickly.

"The staff are so lovely and of course want to use the very latest and best technology available: vital tools for getting us kids fixed, back to school and home to our families.

"However, all that amazing medical equipment is expensive, and much of it is paid for through the charity.

"So I want to thank all those already supporting the Children's Hospital. It has made a massive difference to me and thousands of other children."