Our hospital Birmingham Children's Hospital has offered the very best specialist care for sick children for more than 150 years. It's the generosity of our supporters, the determination of our leaders and the bravery of our patients that make it all possible – and every day you help us do even more, even better. Our young patients have benefited immeasurably from the astonishing progress our fundraisers, volunteers and partners have enabled us to achieve since Dr Thomas Heslop set up the Birmingham and Midland Free Hospital for Sick Children in 1862. Through the creation of the NHS in 1948 to our current Star Appeal to raise funds for the UK’s first Rare Diseases Centre for children, and beyond, you've been there. Your kindness and the expertise of our brilliant staff continue to bring hope and smiles to sick kids and their families, and save lives.