By Andrew Rowland | Chair of the Board of Trustees
We are sorry for the delay in providing you with this brief update - we are four volunteer trustees and we focus all of our work on maximising the benefit we can bring to children from donations to our charity (and to fundraising) and therefore this has resulted in this very brief report coming out later than we hoped it would be able to.
We are delighted to have received sufficient funds to the UK-arm of our charity to be able to make a substantial donation of sensory equipment (to provide a bespoke, and brand new sensory space) to an NHS organisation working in the community in Manchester. This organisation works with children who are referred having suffered from possible child abuse, and also with children who are cared for by the state, and we know that this donation of sensory equipment is going to be invaluable to them.
We aim to have the equipment in place by the end of this financial year and will send through photographs as soon as we can.
Thanks for your support and your help and please do bear with us as we work hard to get the equipment ordered, delivered, and installed and to get the space set up.
By Professor Andrew Rowland | Chair of the Board of Trustees
The Trustees are very sorry that this update is delayed - this is simply a reflection of the volume of work as we (hopefully) exit the global pandemic. We continue to be very grateful for all of your support.
We are currently in the process of finalising our annual return to the charity commission for England and Wales. We're a small charity with only four volunteer Trustees so this is not something we can delegate to anyone else (we don't have any employees) and we have had to focus on preparing that report rather than sending this update earlier than we have done.
Nonetheless, we're here now! In the meantime, pending release of our latest annual review and annual report, I have been reflecting on the successes that SicKids has had in the North West of England since our charity was set up, including:
Creation of a bespoke Sensory Space within the children’s emergency department at North Manchester General Hospital
Creation of a bespoke Sensory Space within the children’s emergency department at The Royal Oldham Hospital
Creation of a bespoke Sensory Space within the Panda Unit at Salford Royal Hospital
Provision of sensory equipment at Ormskirk children’s emergency department
Provision of a significant donation to create a Sensory Space for children in the emergency department at The Royal Bolton Hospital
Provision of a significant donation to the children’s emergency department at Whiston Hospital (St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) to create a bespoke sensory space.
This year we have focused on fundraising and we are so grateful to all of our GlobalGiving supporters for everything they have have done to help. We are very proud of what we have achieved and we hope that this has contributed to the building of child safe communities with happy, healthy, and safe children and young people at their hearts.
We look forward to 2023 where the trustees will be meeting early in the year to review our successes, look at future opportunities, and to determine our post-pandemic strategy.
In the meantime, we wish you all a very happy New Year 2023 - which will be with us in a matter of a few weeks.
This is just a very quick update from the SicKids trustees to thank you again for your super support of our work to support vulnerable children. This update is very brief as our four volunteer trustees are in the process of preparing our annual report for the charity commission and as soon as that is released on the charity commission’s website we will let you know. That report will contain details of how we have raised money over the last 12 months (to 31 March 2021) and, more importantly, how we have used that funding to support children in the North West of England. We are all very grateful for your continuing support without which our work would be made so much more difficult.
We’ll be in touch with details of our annual report as soon as we can! Until then, thank you again for all of your support and please take care in these difficult times.
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