Matlock Town is pleased to announce the signing of Theo on a dual-registration deal with The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Theo is part of #TeamTheo and the mascot for The Children’s Hospital Charity who raises money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. TCHC is our charity of the season and we want to help them raise awareness and donations.

Here are just a few examples of where your money could go: – You can donate here: https://www.tchc.org.uk/donate/

£10 could pay distraction toys and equipment to take a child’s mind off their treatment. This is not just children staying on one of our wards but children who have come into the Emergency Department or are waiting in the Outpatients Department. If our children can play while they wait, then it can relieve stress for both the parent and the patient.

£30 could pay for swimming aids in our hydrotherapy pool at the Ryegate Children’s Center, which provides a vital rehabilitation tool and sensory experience for children seen by the therapy team for many different conditions.

13 year old Georgia suffers from juvenile idiopathic arthritis which means her joints often ache and leave her in pain. Thanks to regular swimming sessions, Georgia can now build her strength and keep active, without putting too much pressure on her joints.

£150 would pay for a Giggle Doctor to visit the hospital once a week creating distraction at what is often a very difficult and anxious time.

Two-year-old Zak, from Hull, had a surprise visit from the Giggle Doctors following a procedure to treat his digestion problems. Zak was mesmerized by the bubbles and bright colours that Dr Princezz brought to his bedside.

£500 could pay for furnishings in our playrooms or parents rooms, making the clinical more comfortable. Our surroundings have a powerful effect on how we feel, and that’s especially important in a hospital, where the environment can effect the well-being and comfort for everyone not just patients.

We funded the refurbishment of the parent’s room on the Critical Care Unit following feedback from parents as, on occasions, parents will sleep on chairs. Everyone needs a cup of tea and whilst it may seem a small ask an updated kitchen will make a difference for a parent.

£900 in 2017 funded a special multi-function defibrillator designed specifically for children. This lifesaving piece of equipment delivers electrical energy to the heart with a special paediatric algorithm making sure smaller children receive the right amount automatically.

£3,500 could fund a portable sensory unit. We all know the importance of sensory stimulation for children but having a sensory unit with a bubble tube, fibre optics, music system which can be moved to the children as oppose to the other way round really will help a child get better more quickly.

For more information on The Children’s Hospital Charity’s role providing over and above the standard NHS provision to enhance care at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital www.tchc.org.uk

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