Dec 5 2013 by Claudia Tanner, Ormskirk Advertiser
give and help alder hey
CHARITY fund Liverpool Unites has donated £50,000 towards the city’s new Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Kind-hearted readers of the Advertiser and its sister papers the Liverpool Post & Echo have dug deep and helped us towards our ambitious target of raising £500,000 for the play areas of Alder Hey in the Park, which is set to open in 2015.
Now readers have the chance to double their donation to our children's charity fund through the Big Give Christmas Challenge.
Starting today, we need people to donate online across three days in a matched giving competition through which we aim to raise a further £40,000 for the hospital.
Actress and Alder Hey patron Sheree Murphy visited Alder Hey to accept the cheque and chat to young patients.
The former Emmerdale and Hollyoaks star, who is married to ex-Liverpool FC footballer Harry Kewell, said: “Alder Hey is a fantastic hospital but since it's almost 100 years old it's about time it got a new home. The new plans look unbelievable.
“As a mum of four, I understand how important this place is. It's our nearest children's hospital and it's where I would take my children if they were sick.
“I'd urge people to help in any way they can.”
We are urging you to make twice the difference for sick kids by logging on to www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/big giveunites and making a donation as close as possible to 10am today, Friday or Saturday.
It really is a fantastic way to make your donation go even further – for example, £25 will net us £25 more. You must give a minimum of £5.
Liverpool Unites aims to raise £40,000 in total from the contest. We would like to say a huge thank you to our corporate pledgers – Taskers, PlumbNation, Weightmans, DWF and Frank Rogers Building Contractors – for promising to donate £10,000 between them to form a matched funding pot.
We need the public to dig deep and together raise £20,000 in donations. Then a further fund of up to £10,000 could be secured for Liverpool Unites from the Big Give's “charity champion” supporting health-related charities in the challenge, which is Candis Club.
Liverpool Unites fundraising manager Claudia Tanner said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for readers to double the impact of their donation to help us help our local children's hospital.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our five Big Give pledgers and to Candis Club.
“Now we need the public's support, as this does involve charities competing for a matched funding pot.
“Donations are matched on a first come, first served basis and your online donation will be matched as long as there are matched funds still available. That's why we need your donation at or close to 10am each day.”
Louise Barrett, from Alder Hey Children’s Charity, said play facilities were often overlooked in hospitals, yet were a really important component of children's healthcare.
She said: “We are incredibly grateful to readers for their contribution in helping Liverpool Unites raise money for our play areas.
“Play is so important for our children and young people, providing a much-needed distraction from being in hospital. The average stay for our patients is three days but some of our children can spend weeks and even years here.
“Please donate to the ‘Big Give’ and help make their experience in the new Alder Hey as positive as possible.”
So please donate and share the Big Give link with your friends and family to help us spread the word and help us make twice the difference.