To coincide with World Mental Health Day 2018, the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s (HTFT) official Charity, Health Stars is launching a huge fundraising appeal to provide more than just a little sparkle – and it needs your help.
Health Stars helps patients and families in our communities enjoy an enhanced healthcare experience by funding special things that make a real difference. Their latest mission and largest project to date will support the brand new £7.8m mental health in-patient unit for young people from across Hull, East Yorkshire and North and North East Lincolnshire.
Ground was broken during the summer on the unit based in Walker Street in Hull and works will be carried out alongside refurbishment of the existing Children’s Centre building and Sunshine House, providing a hub for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across the region.
When it comes to the special things that will make a real difference, a range of enhancements have been identified through focus groups with young people who want an environment which feels more like a home and less like a hospital. A series of ambitious fundraising targets have been set for the next 12 months in order to provide enhancements to the in-patient unit, the adjoining Children’s Centre and the surrounding outdoor space.
The first target covers the elements the children really wish could be provided. It’s the furniture that feels more like their bedroom than a ward. The kitchen that lets them take back control of their eating disorders.
The second covers the elements they almost daren’t hope for. It’s the development of garden space that makes them feel part of the community. It’s the minibus that supports trips and excursions.
The third, as yet is still the stuff of dreams. It’s the things no-one thought was possible until the building was completed. It’s the little things that make a huge difference through therapy, environment or education.
Paul Warwick, Clinical Lead, CAMHS Inpatient Service said: “I am very excited by the work we are doing with Health Stars on the Impact Appeal. A big focus was about getting the unit to look and feel right as this will help to improve the mental and emotional health and wellbeing of the young people who use the service. A clear message from our young people is that they do not want it to look like a hospital, the Impact Appeal will allow us to add all those little sparkles we need to make it feel more homely and make it the fantastic service they want it to be.”
Michele Moran, Chief Executive of Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Impact Appeal is a wonderful initiative by our charity Health Stars and will make such a difference to the new inpatient unit. Having the support from Health Stars to fundraise and source some of the innovative and thoughtful finishing touches to the unit will allow our clinical staff to focus on the young people. Launching the appeal on World Mental Health Day is really important as this year’s theme is young people in a changing environment. It’s our hopes that the Impact Appeal working alongside the build of the new unit will create a nurturing and forward thinking safe place where young people can recover from mental health issues.”
The team behind the appeal are encouraging people to get involved and to raise funds which will make a real difference to these vulnerable young people.
Clare Woodard, Fundraising Manager said: “It’s wonderful to be able to tell people about this appeal that has been a long time in the planning. We’re already starting to gather momentum thanks to local businesses, groups and individuals, like a group of local DJs who are putting on an event specifically to support the development of a music studio that features on our service user’s wish list.
We’ll be creating plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in the appeal but we also need people to come up with their own fundraising activities from bake sales, and race nights to ambitious personal challenges – they all add up and help us spread even more sparkle.”
The appeal is already off to a great start thanks to Nisa Retail’s own charity Making a Difference Locally who have committed £40,000, as well as fantastic fundraising efforts from local Company ResQ.