Children’s Cancer Unit Charity launches fundraising appeal

Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

An appeal has been launched by the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity - formerly known as the NI Children’s Cancer Unit Fund - to raise £800,000 to build additional facilities at the two isolation rooms at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

It is hoped two new isolation rooms can be added to the Cancer & Haematology Unit at the hospital within the next 18 months.

Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

Appeal launched to build additional facilities at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

The facilities will support children receiving life-saving treatment at the local unit and will enable the charity to improve its offering by creating a safe space for high risk patients. 

Speaking on behalf of The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity, Jacqueline Wilkinson, administrator, said: “Between 50 - 60 children with newly diagnosed cancer and between 100 - 200 newly diagnosed children with benign haematological conditions are treated in the Cancer & Haematology Unit each year.

“Our plan is to build and open two new isolation rooms, which will provide essential protection for children receiving

immune suppressive treatments and require rigorous safeguarding from infection. These vital rooms will

assist the Unit in providing treatment for all the at-risk children each year.”

Karen Brookes, Co-Director, Planning & Redevelopment, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust added: “We welcome the current fundraising efforts from The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity who in addition to funding the development of the Cancer & Haematology Unit also donated £300,000 to the Children’s MRI scanner which is arriving next week.

“The unit is widely used by patients from across Northern Ireland and the additional isolation units are now a necessity. The Belfast Trust will also be creating a new dedicated entrance to the unit, providing children and their families with ease of access and privacy whilst they

undergo treatment.”

For further information or to show your support for the charity’s appeal visit http://childrenscancerunit.com/