Leeds Hospitals Charity announced their latest event raising funds to support NHS staff, young patients and their loved ones at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
A Halloween themed ‘Toddle’ will take place at Temple Newsam Park on Saturday 30th October, where under 4s are encouraged join in a one-kilometre walk around the park in their best Halloween outfits. The event has been kindly sponsored by Newbie & Me, an independent family run business specialising in a range of products for babies, with stores based in Leeds, Crewe, and Telford.
With the help of a grown up, toddlers will set up their own fundraising page to raise whatever they can to help poorly children and their families at Leeds Children’s Hospital. The charity hopes to see hundreds of tots take part in the fundraiser, alongside their siblings and parents. Participants are set to include current and former patients as well as siblings toddling in support of brothers and sisters receiving treatment at the hospital.
After the ‘Toddle’, children and their families will enjoy a picnic and take part in lots of fun games alongside Ernie, Leeds Hospital Charity’s loveable owl mascot and a host of Leeds Children’s Hospital staff will cheer them along every step of the toddle. It’s free to enter and all funds raised will go towards initiatives that help make hospital a little brighter for young patients.
Thanks to the generosity of the people of Leeds, in 2020, Leeds Hospitals Charity provided over £500,000 in additional funding to benefit Leeds Children’s Hospital. This has helped fund projects above and beyond what the NHS can provide, like specialist medical equipment, life-saving research, and improvements to the hospital environment.
Lisa Beaumont, Therapeutic & Specialised Play Manager at Leeds Children’s Hospital said:
“Everyone at Leeds Children’s Hospital is super excited for this event, it’s a real first and every penny will go towards helping children and young people in our care. We see such bravery from the very youngest patients and their siblings and this event is about celebrating that. The Toddle will give our youngest supporters a chance to do something amazing for their NHS. Toddlers might sign up because their life was saved at Leeds Children’s Hospital, they might have a sibling in our care.”
Paul Watkins, Director of Fundraising at Leeds Hospitals Charity says the fundraiser is a great way for parents to teach children the importance of helping those in need at a young age:
“Our Halloween themed ‘Toddle’ is a fun and easy way for little ones, many of whom may have been born at Leeds Children’s Hospital, to get involved in fundraising. This event is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun day out and help raise much-needed funds to improve healthcare for children in hospital now and future generations of children in Leeds.”
Every toddler who signs up will receive a fundraising pack complete with ‘top tips’, a colouring in sheet for the day, and a cardboard collection box. If you’d like to get your toddler involved, you can sign up here www.leedshospitalscharity.org.uk
Leeds Hospitals Charity is the charity for Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We support NHS staff to deliver the best care for patients and their families, by raising funds for equipment, services, education and research. Leeds Hospitals Charity provides support for eight areas which include Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds Cancer Centre, St James’s University Hospital, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Seacroft Hospital, Wharfdale Hospital and Leeds Dental Institute.
Leeds Hospitals Charity supports NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year. Working with local communities, schools and businesses across the city and beyond, each year we provide £5 million in additional funding for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
Leeds Children’s Hospital is one of the UK’s largest specialist children’s hospitals offering a wide range of treatment and care for children from birth to young adulthood and beyond.
Our ambition is to be a globally recognised, leading provider of healthcare for children and young people; engaging with our patients and their families to make our services and their experience the best they can be. Our holistic approach focuses on ensuring that children receive the best possible clinical care whilst supporting them to live their best life and to achieve their key milestones.
Leeds Children’s Hospital operates 27 highly specialist services, which constitutes around 67% of the hospital’s total activity. More than 62,000 outpatient appointments are held each year and there are approximately 22,600 inpatient episodes. As a specialist centre, the Children’s Hospital also runs outreach clinics at 22 hospitals across the North of England.
Is your tiny terror bursting with boundless energy? Stuck for ideas of what to do this Halloween? Looking for a fun activity that helps give back at the same time? Well we have pumpkin to talk about! Grab your toddler, get your spooky on, and come on down to our first ever sponsored Toddle!
In partnership with the fantastic team at Leeds Children’s Hospital, we challenge your toddler to bring their best Halloween costume down to Temple Newsam and ‘toddle’ around our 1km route.
Once you’ve completed the course, why not stick round for a picnic and play some of our spooky games www.register.enthuse.com
For more information about Leeds Hospitals Charity please visit www.leedshospitalscharity.org.uk or follow us for the latest updates on Facebook at @LeedsHospitalsCharity and on Twitter @LDSHospCharity
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