Radiothon Raises £100k to Children's Hospital

06/04/2011

Cool FM’s Cash for Kids presented a cheque for a massive £100,000 to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children recently.

These funds were raised as part of a unique three day event which saw the top line-up of Cool FM’s popular presenters making waves at the hospital, giving listeners the chance to hear first-hand about the work that goes on behind the scenes.

Cash raised from the event will be used to fund vital new equipment, develop new facilities for the hospital, give extra support to sick children being cared for in the community and provide funding for specialist research and training – All of which will make a difference to the lives of thousands of youngsters and their families across the province.

Speaking at the event, Paediatric consultant Dr Paul Jackson commented:

“Play in hospital is a normal activity for the child in what can be a frightening and stressful environment. We provide familiar play activities to make the child feel more at home, developmental play for babies and children with complex needs and therapeutic play to prepare children for theatre or procedures or to explain about their illness, using specially adapted materials.”

“We were delighted to receive this very generous donation. Toys and games consoles not only develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, but also encourage imagination and creativity and is an extremely useful tool in the hospital situation.”

Pictured: Patients Jordan and Jessica receive the cheque from Cool FM presenters Olga Kaye, Connor Phillips and Pete Snodden. Also pictured are Nigel Kearney (Helping Hand Charity), Kirstie Mc Murray, Darren Fowler (Cash for Kids), Dr Paul Jackson (Consultant Paediatrician)