South West Children's Research Appeal

by Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

We did it
On 18th October 2023 we successfully raised £2,355 ( + est. £225.00 Gift Aid ) with 74 supporters in 35 days

Help us build a ground-breaking research facility in the heart of Bristol Children's Hospital to find cures and change lives for the future.

Project by Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity

Children in Bristol and the South West are missing out on ground-breaking research treatments that could change their lives.


That's because Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is the only big children's hospital in the UK without a dedicated research facility.

Across the South West, the opportunity for poorly children to take part in life-changing research trials is restricted due to a lack of clinical space, lack of beds, and limited facilities.

This restricts patients and families from trying the latest treatments or forces them to travel far from home to hospitals in London, Liverpool or Birmingham. And to do that, a parent or carer would probably have to leave their job to have the time to stay with their child.

For some families this isn’t an option. A research facility in Bristol is their only hope. Their chance for a better future.

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We're changing that. We're building a research facility. The Coral Reef ward, right at the heart of Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

The new research facility will be life changing. In the first year alone, more than 1,200 children could receive potentially transformative treatment.

It will enable the dedicated research team to deliver 30% more trials and studies. This could unlock potentially curative treatments that are not currently available in Bristol and the South West.

It will improve the quality of life for those with life-limiting conditions including childhood cancers, heart, muscular, neurological, respiratory and renal conditions, as well as rare diseases. 

This facility will put research at the heart of the South West’s leading specialist children’s hospital, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

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Why we're crowdfunding

We’ve raised the money to build it. We have the money to provide the basic equipment and fixtures required. And the staff are raring to go.

But our dreams are bigger. We want to go above and beyond and transform the space into a beautiful home away from home for patients and their families who will be returning month after month.

With your help, we want to raise a final £10,000 to create a truly unique and welcoming environment that will have patients excited to return, and celebrate just how incredible the team working there are.

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From the little things, like coral reef artwork and decoration to create a calming and soothing environment. To the big things, like extraordinary technology to keep them entertained and ease anxieties.

Your support and donation will make these dreams a reality.

Thank you so much for your support. Not just from all of us at Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity, but all the staff at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, and every single child and family that will have their life changed for the better by this incredible research facility.

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Who we are

Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity (BWHC) is doing great things to improve the health and happiness of every patient in all 10 of our NHS hospitals in Bristol city centre, South Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.

Together with our local NHS, we push the limits of what’s possible. We go above and beyond to transform the experiences patients have in our hospitals, wherever the need is greatest. We bring moments of joy, comfort and hope to those who need it most. And we are committed to helping our hospitals go that extra mile for you and everyone who means the world to you.

Together we can do great things.

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Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity is the working name for University Hospitals Bristol & Weston Charity, which is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales with number 1170973. It is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 10394287.

Registered office: Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol, BS1 2NT | Tel: 0117 927 7120

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£50 or more

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Sweatshirt bundle

Not only will you receive a fish in the digital Coral Reef and a personal postcard from our charity team, but you'll be prepped for autumn with one of our stylish branded charity sweatshirts. (Available in orange, yellow, navy or sand).

£5 or more

Your name and a fish on our digital donor wall

Have your own fish, name, and personal message in our digital Coral Reef.

£10 or more

A fish and a postcard

Have your own fish, name, and personal message in our digital Coral Reef, and receive a personalised thank you postcard from our charity team at BWHC.

£15 or more

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Patient drawing

You'll receive a special drawing from one of the patients at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. No-one else has the drawing you will soon own – a truly precious piece of art with a feel good story behind it. Plus, you'll receive a fish and personal message on our digital Coral Reef.

£100 or more

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Coral Reef illustration print

Bristol-based illustrator Chris Dickason will send you a signed, limited edition print of the beautiful artwork in The Coral Reef at Bristol Children's Hospital. (If you like BEAR snacks and their artwork, well, you're in luck, as it's the same guy!) Plus, you'll receive a fish and personal message on our digital Coral Reef.

£100 or more

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Christmas Star Concert bundle

Yourself and a guest will be top of our VIP list for our Christmas Star Concert on Thursday 14th December at St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. You'll receive star treatment for the evening, plus, we'll throw in a bundle of Bristol-branded items too, and add a fish and personal message to our digital Coral Reef.

£200 or more

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Luxury Christmas Star Concert bundle

Yourself and a guest will be top of our VIP list for our Christmas Star Concert on Thursday 14th December at St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. You'll receive star treatment for the evening, followed by a stay in the luxurious DoubleTree Hilton Bristol. Plus, we'll throw in a bundle of Bristol-branded items too, and add a fish and personal message on our digital Coral Reef.

£1,000 or more

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Exclusive tour package

Be one of the first to see behind-the-scenes of the new facility before it's open with a guided tour of the new space on Wednesday 8th November, as well as meeting some of the incredible research team. Not only that, but we'll send you a special bundle of Bristol-branded items too, and add a fish and personal message to our digital Coral Reef.

£5,000 or more

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The Biggie

Not only will you receive a digital fish, thank you postcard, sweatshirt, artist print, Bristol bundle, a pair of VIP tickets to our Christmas Star Concert (plus hotel stay) AND the facility tour, but your name will appear in The Coral Reef at the research facility for three years. So the world can see how amazing you, your community group, or business truly are.

£35 or more

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Fireworks at Sea 2023 - The Grand Pier

Two Gold tickets to witness one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the South West, right from The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare on Friday 3rd November. Tickets include entry, unlimited rides, and choice of two hot meals from Boardwalk Café.

£40 or more

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The Wave Voucher

Surf’s up! With a 180m long surfing lake (complete with real waves), The Wave delivers an unrivalled inland surf experience suitable for everyone from beginner to seasoned professional. We’ve got one £50 surf voucher that you can grab for the sweet price of £40!

£75 or more

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Voucher for The Pony Chew Valley

You'll receive a voucher for The Pony Chew Valley so you and a friend can enjoy a delicious three-course meal. Plus, a fish and personal message in our digital Coral Reef.

£300 or more

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Two-night stay in a shepherd's lodge

Perfect for a couple or a family with up to two small children, we've got a two-night stay in a shepherd's lodge at Dittisham Hideaway, located in beautiful Dartmouth, Devon. Your stay will include a private wood-fired hot tub (logs included), welcome hamper, walking guide and a ferry voucher to Greenway. It's also dog friendly. Plus, you'll receive a fish and personal message on our digital Coral Reef.

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