Over the last 12 months we have spent over £80,000 to benefit the care of sick and critically ill children in our hospitals.

We are delighted to have been able to provide this support, thanks to your kind donations, but the requests for support currently outweigh our remaining funds so we are asking for your help.

Our current Wishlist  

  • Equipment to help us quickly and safely ventilate babies (£10,000) - Laryngoscope blade
  • Kitten Scanner - a miniature educational toy scanner, to support non-general anaesthetic MRI scans in young children (£23,220) - Funding agreed 
  • A portable sensory fibre optic (£5,000) - Sensory Voyager - Funding agreed
  • Shower Trolley to bathe severely disabled children on Willow Ward (£3,000)
  • 9000 x Stickers in recognition of a child's bravery after a blood or allergy test (£600) 
  • Diabetes Support Group educational resources, materials and children's activities budget (£1,000)  
  • Sickle Cell Parent Support Group educational resources, materials and children's activities budget (£1,000)
  • Asthma Support Group educational resources, materials and children's activities budget (£1,000)
  • Epilepsy Support Group educational resources, materials and children's activities budget (£1,000)
  • Christmas and other seasonal activities (£500)
  • Musical books to aid distraction from medical procedures for young children (£100)
  • Child friends murals to improve the environment (£1,300) 

Total: £44,720

You can help us by:

Your contribution - big or small is very welcome.

All £1,000+ donations are acknowledged on our ‘wall of thanks’ outside Willow Ward, Level 1, DVH.

Money raised through the Lollipop Fund helped to introduce a Children’s High Dependency Unit at Darent Valley Hospital, with a range of expensive specialist equipment to care for critically ill children. This means that we can now treat effectively and prevent some children having to be transferred to another hospital for specialist treatment, and save valuable time when dealing with serious diseases such as Meningitis.

Most recently we have purchased an ultrasound to help guide accurate cannulation in children with hard-to-access veins, and a videolaryngoscope for precise lifesaving intubation. We have been able to purchase sensory equipment to help aid recovery, and play equipment for the Ward garden that is accessible for children of all abilities. 

Our Lollipop Fund benefits our children's services, including Willow Ward, the Children's Emergency Department and our Children's Resources Centre at Darent Valley Hospital, as well as our Paediatric Services at Queen Mary's in Sidcup.

We have introduced overnight facilities for parents who wish to stay close to their poorly child. We have also been able to support Paediatric staff to deliver a calendar of events, such as Christmas and Easter activities, as well as outings for the various support groups; Epilepsy, Diabetes and Sickle Cell to name a few.  

We work closely with our Play Specialists to deliver projects that benefits a child's well-being, as well as investing in the latest equipment to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. 

Starring: Kate Knightly-Jones - Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwife and Carley Tomlin - Clinical Nurse Specialist – Lead Nurse for Mental Health and Chomp!

We are so proud to be able to support staff to offer so much more to our young patients and their families than could be provided through the NHS budget alone. 

Thank you for your continued support!