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You can help raise vital funds for Airedale Hospital’s Emergency Department

By 2 March 2023No Comments
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Airedale Hospital & Community Charity has just launched its Airedale Emergency Department appeal with a target to raise £150,000. The appeal will focus on three key areas: the children’s waiting room, paediatric resuscitation area, and bereavement facilities.

In 2014 the doors opened to the Emergency Department at Airedale Hospital.  Every year since then an average of 55,000 patients have walked through the doors to seek emergency care. That means in just 8 years nearly half a million people have received help from the Airedale Emergency Department.

Some of the most important areas in the Emergency Department now need to be updated. With the help of the Airedale community, the charity aims to raise vital funds to give some areas in the Emergency Department an important refurbishment.

These areas include the children’s waiting area, the paediatric resuscitation area, and bereavement facilities.

Jodie Hearnshaw, Head of Charity at Airedale Hospital & Community Charity, said:

“With our Emergency Department Appeal, Airedale Hospital & Community Charity plans to refurbish the tired and worn waiting area for children and their families, to give them somewhere comfortable to wait.

“The waiting room is currently empty as most individual toys and games had to be removed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans include providing entertainment and distraction activities that are safe and clean and will stand the test of time. The room will be decorated to be bright and calm with the addition of a sensory area, comfortable seating, interactive walls and floor, and a soft play zone.”

Jodie continued:

“The paediatric resuscitation area is used when extremely ill patients need resuscitating.  This a very difficult and stressful time for staff, family, loved ones and of course the patients themselves.

“Our charity is working in collaboration with the paediatric team in the Emergency Department to identify ways that these children can have the best possible care and experience at what is a frightening time.  Through the appeal, we will purchase specialist equipment and sensory elements specifically tailored for the paediatric resuscitation room.”

The final focus of the appeal is on the department’s bereavement facilities.

Jodie continued:

“When families lose a relative in hospital, it’s important that there is somewhere quiet and peaceful to go and be near their loved one.

“Following the death of a patient, bereaved family members need a private space in which to grieve, asks questions without being rushed or distracted. The bereavement suite will often be a family’s last experience of Airedale meaning the environment is important and meaningful. This appeal will purchase furniture, equipment, and other items for the bereavement suite to create the best environment possible.”

Nicola Denbow, Emergency Department Matron at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The Airedale Emergency Department appeal will make a tangible difference to patients, their families, and staff in the department. Since becoming Matron in the department, I’ve spoken to families who have given us some brilliant ideas about how we can improve experiences for themselves and their children. The most common suggestions were to provide safe toys and sensory equipment in the waiting room and to brighten up the space where people can be waiting for several hours. This has provided the basis of our plans which we’re working closely with the charity and AGH Solutions teams on.

“The appeal is already boosting morale within the department; the ED team has come together to think of fundraising challenges, events, and ideas for the appeal. It’s going to be a great team-building project and it’s fantastic to have so much input from the team who all have brilliant ideas and enthusiasm.”

To support Airedale Hospital & Community Charity’s Emergency Department appeal, you can donate on JustGiving.

If you would like to organise your own event or fundraising challenge, the Airedale Hospital & Charity team is available to support you every step of the way. Please contact the team via email on or by telephone on 01535 294870 to get started.

* Texts cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message, and you’ll be opting into hearing more from us. If you would like to donate but don’t wish to hear more from us, please text 10AIREDALEEDNOINFO.

Any funds remaining at the end of the appeal will continue to be used for the Emergency Department at Airedale General Hospital.