Help heal little ones

2018-02-13 06:00

Dig deep into your pockets and help children heal with dignity at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in
Rondebosch.

The children’s hospital trust is on a mission to raise R13m for the upgrade of the Haematology Oncology Unit and to do so, the trust must raise another R7m before September.

According to the trust, the hospital needs a new modernised unit to suit the needs of the patients and allow for the effective functioning of the staff.

Fundraising manager, Chantel Cooper, says cancer is a very sensitive issue for children, and the staff at the hospital understand the importance of creating a comfortable environment for them.

She says that when the hospital tabled a proposal for the unit, the trust committed to raising funds.

Explaining the current status of the unit, Cooper says: “There is an inadequate bathroom facility given the massive burden of infection. There is also inadequate space for the unit social worker as she is currently not able to provide confidential support to families and caregivers in a comfortable space, and the absence of a dedicated administrative space for clinical ­research­.”

Cooper says they have been using different approaches when it comes to fund­raising, including ?digital platforms, individual donors and companies.

“We have been receiving a positive response since we started with this eight months ago. We strongly feel that if our communities and local businesses also get involved, we can reach out target and have the project start later this year.”

She says the upgrade will be divided into three phases to ensure that services are not disrupted­.

“This proposed upgrade and development of identified areas will ensure that patients receive the life-saving care and the second chance they need sooner and in the best possible conditions, ultimately improving their chances of recovery.

“Families will benefit from the optimal levels of care delivered to their children and from the integration of a dedicated counselling room to help them deal with the trauma their family is experiencing,” says­ Cooper­.

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