I didn’t want to let another day go by without contacting you in relation to hospital salaries and top-ups.
As someone who has demonstrated their support for sick children, I wanted to completely reassure you that absolutely none of the funds that we raise from the generosity of donors like you goes on hospital salaries or top ups at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. All our funding goes to help sick children.
This year alone, thanks to you and our many donors, we have opened a new cardiac unit, a new cancer ward, and we have funded life saving equipment and pioneering medical research.
Specifically, you have helped support:
It is very important that our supporters understand the difference that they are making to the care and wellbeing of sick children. We are very concerned about the impact the media coverage is having on our fundraising, even though we do not fund any hospital salaries or top-ups, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that sick children don’t lose out as a result of this.
25 new, spacious, light-filled rooms in the new state-of-the-art Children’s Heart Centre, delivering care to the 550 patients from all over Ireland who will undergo a cardiac procedure this year.
In the newly refurbished St. John’s Children’s Cancer ward, the 1,500 children undergoing cancer treatment at the moment can now do so with dignity in single en suite rooms. Parents no longer have to slop out commodes; teenagers undergoing aggressive cancer treatments no longer have to share with infants and toddlers; and parents can now receive devastating or life-changing news in privacy, not under the glare of an entire ward.
In 2013, the purchase of over €1.5 million in new equipment.
Significant research programmes in the areas of Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Immunology and Cancer Genetics, amongst others.
Sick kids are still sick so please don’t give up on them: they need your support now as much as ever.
The thousands of children who benefit from your generosity will never get the chance to personally thank you. On their behalf, please accept their sincerest gratitude – you are helping to make a world of difference.