Ducklings Post is a special scheme funded by our charity Ducklings. It sees carefully-selected books sent home to some of our students after they have been discharged. Students are then encouraged to read the books and send in a review to us. Lily really enjoyed reading her copy of The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson. You can read her excellent five star review here (click on the image to see a larger version).
Our school charity, Ducklings, has been selected as the charity of the year for Beeston Sainbury’s. This means that we will be the beneficiaries of their fundraising over the next twelve months. It also means that we will be in-store at various times during the next year fundraising and raising awareness. The first of these events took place on Saturday 9th September, where over £200 was raised through the sale of merchandise and the generous donations given by customers in-store.
Ducklings Summer Party 2017
We held our annual summer fundraiser on Thursday 20th July 2017. This year we threw a party including a cake stall, tombola, raffle, refreshments, hook a duck and more! Special guests included Spiderman, Ironman and Ivor Goodsite. In total, an amazing £1,228.58 was raised and will go towards improving the lives of children who need to spend time in hospital.
Well done to everyone involved!
In June, we used our recent dress-down Friday money to make a £200 donation to the Wrap Pyjama Fairies. These amazing people provide free personalised pyjamas and gowns for children who are required to stay in hospital.
More information about their work can be found at wrappyjamafairies.co.uk.
The Children’s Hospital School has launched our own charity, Ducklings. The video below was created to advertise the launch and give background information on the work that we do.
In November 2016, we got involved with the annual Children In Need fundraising campaign. Through a combination of cake sales, guessing the name of the bear (not Pudsey, but his brother!) and collection boxes we raised a total of £131.97. Well done and thank you to everyone involved.
Our first Dress Down Friday money, this school year, went towards twinning our toilet with a toilet in Malawi. We raised £60. This enabled us to help those in desperate poverty to have access to a proper latrine, clean water and the information they need to be healthy.
Fact: 2.4 billion people don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. That’s more than a third of the people on the planet.
Our next Dress Down Friday money went to support OPUS –
OPUS music specialises in taking music into healthcare settings across the region, including here at Nottingham Children’s Hospital School. They make music with patients, visitors and staff and provide enjoyment and serenity where ever they go
In July, we hosted our biggest ever summer fundraiser! Inspired by the OIympic Games, our party on the roof garden was a festival of sound and colour, with live Brazilian music, special appearances from The Stig, Robin Hood, Batman and Spiderman, tombola, raffle, charity auction and cake stalls. In total, an amazing £3,187.69 was raised for our Children’s Hospital School charity, Ducklings. Some photos from the event can be found by clicking the image gallery below.
Rio Carnival Poster
In September, we ran a Big Coffee Morning for MacMillan Cancer Support. Staff baked some delicious cakes and the event was very well supported by NHS colleagues. We added our staff ‘dress down Friday’ donations to the fund and in all raised an amazing £462.00! Well done to all the staff at the Hospital School.
Last term we fundraised for a local food bank in the city of Nottingham. Each week, we had ‘Dress Down Friday’ collections for the Sneinton and St Ann’s Food Bank; staff wore their casual clothes and made a minimum donation of £1 to the fund. So far, we have raised our first £200 and have sent the Food Bank a cheque; as a staff, we also decided to forgo our usual Christmas cards and gifts to each other and opted to bring in items to make up a food hamper to help young people and families who would otherwise struggle to find extra funds to buy treats at this festive time.
We continued supporting the food bank and collected and donated another huge hamper of food at Easter.
If you are visiting us and would like to contribute in any way, please see Kathy Harwood, or contact her on 0115 9249924 extn 63011.