Project information

Nottingham Children's Hospital - The Big Appeal

We want to improve parent and family accommodation at Nottingham Children’s Hospital – providing family members with comfortable “home away from home” places to stay that are close to their children in hospital; enabling more support, time and energy to focus on being together.

January 2018 - July 2018

Charity information: Nottingham Hospitals Charity

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  • Need


    Nottingham Children’s Hospital currently provides over 4,000 bed nights every year for parents/families who need to be near their child during difficult times. Evidence shows that having a family member close by improves post-operative recovery, reduces anxiety and helps with overall wellbeing. For the family, being able to stay near to their loved one during hospital stays improves family cohesion. However, the 22 bedrooms available are desperately in need of improvement – they are very basic.


    We are raising money to improve parent rooms, to provide a more comfortable “home away from home” for families to stay close by while their child is receiving care. We want to enable families to stay for as long as they need to; removing the stress and anxiety that inevitably accompanies having a child in hospital; providing improved facilities so that families can get a good night’s sleep, prepare their own meals and feel at home, knowing that they are only a moment away from their child.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Fully refurbish all 22 parent/family rooms & bathrooms at Nottingham Children's Hospital


    » Replace flooring, curtains; fix windows; provide new beds, chairs, fixtures/fittings, furnishings; replacement bathroom; painting & decoration

    What success will look like

    Feedback from parents/families and hospital staff. Usage of the rooms. We aim for at least 95% occupancy of the refurbished rooms.

  • Impact


    Nottingham Children's Hospital has the very highest standards of care and treatment across all its specialties from fractures and spinal to children’s oncology. We now need to transform our facilities to allow for a better experience for our patients and our families. By making major renovations to our parent and family accommodation on-site, it is our aim to make a stay in hospital so much better and less stressful for the whole family. We aim to fund the renovation of all 22 rooms.


    All work taking place at Nottingham Children's Hospital will be within strict NHS safety/risk guidelines, led by the hospital's Estates/Facilities team, and after a detailed risk assessment. While work is being carried out on the rooms, alternative accommodation will be found for any parents/families needing to stay close to their children.


    Donors will be kept informed via social media (including video content), through our bi-annual Pulse newsletter, quarterly Children's Hospital newsletter, and a regular email update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £220,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Flooring Replacement of flooring/carpet
      £64,000 Bathrooms Replacement of en suite bathrooms & communal shower room
      £36,000 Furniture New furniture, furnishings, beds etc.
      £45,000 Windows Replacement of windows, fixing draughts
      £45,000 Painting/Fitting Labour charges
      £10,000 Doors Replacement fire doors

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donations already received/pledged £205,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Nottingham Children's Hospital is part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). NUH serves one of the largest geographical areas in the country. It is the fourth largest NHS Trust in the UK, serving over 4.5 million people from Nottingham and the East Midlands.


    Nottingham Children’s Hospital, based within Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, cares for more than 60,000 young people every year, from across the East Midlands. Children are treated for everything from cancer and leukaemia to kidney disease, organ transplants, acute respiratory conditions and broken bones. By improving parent/family accommodation, we hope to relieve stress levels, reduce anxiety, improve recovery times and help wellbeing.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Nottingham Hospitals Charity is the charity at the heart of Nottingham's hospitals. In November 2016 we launched our BIG Appeal, aiming to raise £4m by 2021, to provide vital support to Nottingham Children’s Hospital, helping to transform children’s care and research new treatments. Improvement of the parent/family accommodation is a key objective of this appeal.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nigel Gregory

    Director of Development

Please help us to improve parent and family accommodation at Nottingham Children's Hospital