At Alder Hey Children’s Hospital we see childhood disease as a monster. Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, at any time, day or night and for boys and girls alike. Monsters can however, be fought. Our staff at Alder Hey’s dedicated research, innovation and education centre, our ‘Institute in the Park’, are fighting monsters every single day.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is leading the way in medical breakthroughs that will improve the lives of children now and for generations to come. But there is much more to be done.
The money raised by our partnership with Birchwood Park will take us another step closer to expanding our Institute in the Park, enabling us to develop the next generation of discoveries and enhancing the way in which we treat and interact with our young patients. It will also continue to allow us to give every single child who comes to Alder Hey the opportunity to take part in a medical research trial. Alder Hey’s young patients take immense pride in helping to improve healthcare for others as well as themselves as illustrated by Harry’s story below.
More industry-leading research trials mean better care and treatment for children.
It means giving children hope for an even better future.
It means keeping the monsters at bay.
In 2016 Harry was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Harry had over 200 treatments at Alder Hey including seven rounds of chemotherapy, 25 chemotherapy drug infusions, eight surgeries, 36 blood and platelet transfusions, 14 lumbar punctures and 20 general anaesthetics. In June 2017 he was given the amazing news that his cancer was in remission.
Harry’s family were so grateful to staff at Alder Hey who rallied together to treat Harry that they wanted to give something back. They took part in several clinical trials at Alder Hey to help improve future treatments for children like Harry.
“The trials were never too intrusive; it was just a case of taking slightly bigger samples of blood/urine/tissue when he was having his routine treatments. It’s because of children like Harry taking part in clinical trials that the treatments are available today which have helped Harry beat a very aggressive and advanced cancer. We are eternally grateful for that.” Helen, Harry’s mum.