Help us transform the Children's Department

The Children’s Appeal

We need to raise the final £250,000 so the Children’s Department at Ipswich Hospital can be completely re-developed and transform the experience of its young patients and their families.

We want to create a welcoming and child-friendly environment fit for the 21st century, with improved facilities for patients and their families or carers.

The work would see the department, which is made up of a 24-bed inpatient ward, children’s outpatient department and a short stay paediatric assessment unit, completely remodelled and refurbished. Patients and their families have been involved in helping to draw up the plans, which include:

  • increasing outpatient clinic rooms, with dedicated spaces for specialist clinics
  • creating separate outpatient and inpatient entrances
  • adding multiple break-out play areas
  • refurbishing the outside play area
  • increasing the number of en-suite and side rooms
  • having a dedicated teenage / young person space
  • more beds and isolation cubicles
  • creating a two-bed high dependency area
  • more space in bays for specialist equipment and for parents to stay overnight
  • a separate dining area

“The aim of The Children’s Appeal is to create a modern, calming environment which matches the high standards of care our patients already receive. The new-look department will significantly improve the facilities available to our staff and help them to continue meeting increasing demand for our services while maintaining their focus on delivering a gold standard of care for every single patient.

“The department will be beautifully illustrated with a Suffolk farming and countryside theme so that it reflects our local area, stands the test of time and appeals to children and young people of all ages. We’d encourage anyone who is thinking about fundraising to consider supporting The Children’s Appeal and help our dream come true.”
Kate Stockton, Matron Children’s Services

You can make a difference to our patients both now and in the future by:

  • making a donation
  • organising a fundraising event
  • taking part in one of our fundraising events
  • supporting The Children’s Appeal at work
  • helping us spread the word

Or how about owning your very own Puddles the Duck? He’s our Children’s Appeal mascot and is available to purchase online now!

Buy your own puddles!