Meet City's new charity partners
- 28 September 2010 15:01
- Posted by Rosie Bass
Over the next few days we’ll be introducing the MCFC Charities of the Year, beginning with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity (RMCH Charity).
RMCH Charity was established in February 2010, following the successful conclusion of the £20million fundraising efforts of The New Children’s Hospital Appeal, to which the club donated £500,000.
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital opened its doors in June 2009, providing services to poorly children from across the entire north-west region.
The new hospital provides a brand new home for Pendlebury and Booth Hall Children’s Hospitals - creating the largest – and one of the best – children’s hospitals in the UK.
The Charity raises funds to ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research, enhancing the lives of thousands of children each year. RMCH Charity has three main areas of work, namely:
· To support research projects to improve understanding of children’s illnesses
· To help to create an environment that’s more child-friendly
· To provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment
RMCH Charity applied to become one of the club’s Charities of the Year through the CITC Giving project, the charitable giving arm of City’s CSR policy.
Their grant will fund the production of an animated DVD for patients of all ages, designed to prepare children and parents in an entertaining and informative manner, and to describe to the family what they can expect to encounter, during their stay at the hospital.
This will be the first time a UK hospital has created such a DVD. Sarah Naismith, Head of Charities at RMCH Charity, said of the CITC Giving grant:
“It is impossible to overestimate what a difference this DVD will make to our young patients and their families,” she said.
"To have Manchester City sponsor this project is absolutely wonderful and we can’t thank the club and the City fans, enough for all the support we’ve been given.”
The £500,000 donated by the club to The New Children’s Hospital Appeal last October was the culmination of over a year of fundraising by the club, its fans and its staff.
The money funded, amongst other projects, the creation of an outdoor play area on the third floor of the hospital.
Officially opened at a children’s party last Monday by Carlos Tevez, Patrick Vieira and Joe Hart, along with CEO Garry Cook, the play area provides an outdoor space for patients and their families to relax and have some fun whilst also improving a child’s health and wellbeing and encouraging mobility and social interaction.
To find out more, watch our exclusive video by clicking here.
For further information on the work of RMCH Charity visit www.rmchcharity.org.uk