Dear supporter,

NHS staff are working tirelessly to support the public through this crisis, and so today I am appealing to you for your continued support.

Our amazing staff are currently going above and beyond the call of duty to care for and protect some of the most vulnerable members of society. However we are starting to feel the true impact of this additional and excessive strain on the wider NHS service.

Therefore we really do need your support now, more than ever before.

The NHS is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and our dedicated colleagues – from domestics to doctors, nurses to porters – here at Birmingham Children’s Hospital are doing all they can to care for those most at risk, including children, young mental health patients and those with underlying health issues.

Capacity at our hospital, including the number of intensive care beds, has been significantly increased to take on more of the sickest children from across the Midlands, supporting NHS hospitals throughout the region as we all adapt to the extreme challenges placed on us by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Can I ask you today, to also go above and beyond for families in our care?

We are so lucky to have the most incredible, loyal and caring supporters here at our hospital. Many of you have spent hours training for races or preparing for fundraising events which have now been cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19. Sadly, this has been necessary in order to protect our supporters and our staff, and attempt to delay the spread of this virus.

But the reality is that our charity is going to feel the impact of this lack of fundraising income, and therefore our ability to support the amazing work undertaken by our staff will suffer as a result.

We have launched our emergency COVID-19 Appeal to help us continue to support our NHS heroes and the children and families in our care. Today, we are asking for your help.

By donating what you can, or by committing to giving on a regular basis, you can help us to continue our care for those who need us at this critical time, and those who will need us in the future.

Thank you.

Louise McCathie
Director of Fundraising
Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity

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