Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Transform care for children

Children's cancer co-ordinator post (three years)

There is a huge administrative workload for clinical staff on the paediatric day unit to manage the often overwhelming flow of young patients. This means that clinical duties such as preparing chemotherapy treatments and reviewing test results are often delayed. The result is hold-ups and lengthy waiting times for patients and families. A specialist administrative post will free-up clinicians' time, ensuring children with cancer receive well co-ordinated, stress-free care, so they can get better, faster.

Fundraising target: £94,374


Keyhole surgical kit

Keyhole surgery offers an alternative to open surgery, with less pain, shorter recovery and a small scar. Current equipment is over 15 years old, not intended specifically for babies or young children and is too risky to use on newborns.

Help us buy state-of-the-art laparoscopic surgical equipment to reduce the pain and trauma of operations in children as young as one day old.

Fundraising target: £85,000


Music therapy (two years)

Additional funding will enable us to continue to run the music therapy programme, allowing the most vulnerable and isolated children the opportunity to express their feelings and build confidence and self esteem during treatment and recovery. Music therapy also helps children to listen, concentrate and interact with others, providing a positive and fun experience for children and their families.

The NHS has no statutory duty to provide music therapy and, since it was introduced, music therapy has been charitably funded within the hospital.  ACT is delighted that, from April 2018, Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie will provide 50% match-funding for music therapy, in recognition of the benefit it brings to the experience of children in hospital and the development of children with complex needs.  However, we still have to raise £46,690 to keep this vital service going from April 2018, for another two years.

Fundraising target: £46,690


Bereavement therapist post

Addenbrooke's currently offers immediate support to families after the loss of a child. However, we are not able to follow up with families once they leave the hospital. A family therapist will support families, providing ongoing support in the months and years to come.

Fundraising target: £99,600


The Rosie's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Acute Neonatal Transfer Service (ANTS)

We need your help to equip specialist transport for tiny babies in crisis and providing vital equipment for the neonatal intensive care unit, ensuring that sick newborns are treated quicker and safer.  

Fundraising target: £153,000


Paediatric Day Unit (PDU) refurbishment*

There is an urgent need for improvements to make children and families more comfortable, ease congestion and to provide a safer space for vulnerable children with suppressed immune systems, reducing the risk of cross-infection.

*The hospital needed to improve the PDU at speed, so we committed to underwrite much of the cost from existing funds to meet the tight timescale.  However, if you would like to donate towards the refurbishment, we would be delighted to accept your gift and redirect previously allocated funds to support one of the other appeal elements’.


Greatest need

Every pound raised for children at Addenbrooke's will not only improve care and make life more comfortable, but also make the time they spend in hospital easier and less frightening.

Fundraising target: £151,378