On hearing from doctors and nurses that a purpose built children’s hospital in Wales was badly needed, the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity’s founder and trustees began a 10 year period of lobbying and campaigning.
Wales was the only country in Europe without a purpose built hospital for sick children; it was time to take action!
In 2000 the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity was launched with the help of a then 14 year old Charlotte Church. Initially the charity was set up to raise the £5 million needed for the building costs of Phase One of the Children’s Hospital for Wales.
Phase One was opened to patients needing medical and cancer care in time for St David’s Day 2005 and was officially opened a year later by the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity patron Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas. View Photos of Phase One of the Children’s Hospital for Wales.
The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity continued to support the Children’s Hospital for Wales while at the same time pressing for the hospital to be completed by the Welsh Assembly Government.
£300,000 was raised towards the completion of the teenage cancer trust unit. It is the largest of its kind in theUKand will enable teenagers to be treated with their peers rather than with young children or older adults. A further £25,000 has been given for additional equipment since its opening in 2009.
The charity has also given £200,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment for the paediatric eye department making it one of the best in the UK along with £160,000 which was provided to refurbish a new young persons unit.
In 2008, £150,000 was donated for free bedside TV and radio for all patients at the Children’s Hospital for Wales. The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity felt strongly that it didn’t want anyone to go without because of a lack of money and that the children that are too ill to get up will be able to be entertained, hopefully helping their recovery. Access to games and the internet is also free of use.
The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity also provide equipment when requested – such as biopsy kits (£5000) and a bladder scanner (£8000) which is taken by a nurse to a child’s home so the child doesn’t have to make the trip to the hospital from Mid or West Wales. The scanner, specially designed for children, can aid diagnosis and prevent unnecessary treatment or flag up problems that if untreated at an early stage could lead to kidney problems.
By 2008 over £12 million had been raised making our hospital one of the best in the world.
The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity launched a new campaign to raise £7million for vital projects in Phase Two of the Children’s Hospital for Wales in 2008 and is currently working towards this target.
In December 2011 the charity received a huge boost as Health Minister Lesley Griffiths visited the Children’s Hospital for Wales to announce £63.8 million funding for the building of Phase Two.