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Children’s hospice sets £2m target to support the most unwell children

CHILDREN’S charity Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, based in Barnet, London, is launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. The ‘No Child Left Behind’ appeal aims to raise 2million pounds in just 36 hours in order to enable access to its services for more seriously unwell babies and children.

Across the area that the hospice covers, there are over 2,400 babies, children and young people who are seriously unwell. Not all of them have easy access to the care and support they need. Noah’s Ark believes that no child should be left behind, so the campaign aims to raise the funds required to triple the number of children coming through its doors.

COVID-19 has posed some serious challenges over the last 18 months. Many children’s hospices around London have had to limit services due to the pandemic, leaving unwell children and their families without their usual care packages.

Baby Isabella was starved of oxygen during birth, resulting in severe Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and neurological difficulties. Now eight months old, she has to go to numerous therapies, to which only one parent at a time can attend due to COVID-19 restrictions. Noah’s Ark has been the one place where they have been able to be together to enjoy her music therapy as a family, so the team at the Ark want to be able to help families like Isabella’s create such happy, long-lasting memories.

Noah’s Ark currently provides care for 370 children and babies with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses every year – ranging from specialist play and therapy to the effective management of challenging symptoms and end-of-life care. The breadth of care provided helps those they support to enjoy life as children, rather than as patients, and as families, not just as carers.

Running from 10am Sunday 3rd October until 10pm Monday 4th October, all donations to the ‘No Child Left Behind’ campaign will be doubled, thanks to a matching fund put together by some of the charity’s key benefactors.

Hayley Manley, Director of Care at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, said:

“I drive over 100 miles a day to and from work at Noah’s Ark, but it’s so worth it. Being part of a team that has cared for 370 children over the last year has been more than just a moment in time. We’ve helped 30 families say goodbye and we’ve been able to create some very special memories. Resources for many children’s hospices are stretched at the moment as a result of the pandemic so we want to bring in as many children and families as possible and need help from the public to do that.”

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