Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

One in a Million Appeal

Being seriously ill and in hospital can be frightening and traumatic for a child of any age. At Addenbrooke's and the Rosie, we do everything we can to minimise the distress this can cause for them and their family. But while our staff work tirelessly to ensure that quality of patient care remains world-class, services are under strain.  

We need to raise over £1 million to fund urgent improvements to children’s services at Addenbrooke's and the Rosie hospitals, ensuring that every child experiences the best possible outcome. Click here to read how Kat Collen, Health Play Specialist on D2 and her colleagues are relying on generous supporters like you this Christmas.

With your help, we will be able to make the hospital experience as positive and ‘normal’ as it can be - whether by improving surgical and diagnostic tools to help children recover better, providing specialist play and music therapy, or offering therapeutic support to the whole family when they need it most. Click here for more information on what we are fundraising for and how YOU can help transform care for sick children.

Will YOU help us raise over £1 million to transform care for sick children and their families?

We are now raising funds for the following:


Being able to play while in hospital means that children can continue at least one aspect of normal life. Play can help all children cope better with unfamiliar surroundings and experiences, express their feelings and worries, and help them retain some sense of control. Our play therapy service helps children deal with their fears and helps to improve cooperation during real-life painful procedures. Funding for one of our nursery nurses is coming to an end, putting this vital service at risk. Help us to prevent denying a child or their family access to this much-needed service.

Fundraising target: £51,666

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Sensory play stimulates touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing and is proven to be extremely beneficial for young children and those with special needs or suffering from high levels of anxiety. Currently, there is one mobile sensory play unit that can be brought to the bedside and a shared-use sensory room based across two wards in the hospital, meaning children have little access to sensory play resources.  However, this equipment is only on loan, and will sadly need to be returned.

With YOUR help, we will purchase six mobile sensory units that offer a variety of sensory features including fibre-optic displays, mirror ball, solar projector, sound system and tactile panels.

Fundraising target: £24,576

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Click here for a full list of what we are fundraising for and how YOU can help.

For more information about our One in a Million Appeal please email hello@act4addenbrookes.org.uk or call 01223 217757.