On International Nurse’s Day and during Mental Health Week, we are delighted to announce that Roald Dahl‘s Marvellous Children’s Charity is a Giving To Services beneficiary charity! We have gifted the charity a grant that has provided nurses with vital training in how to deal with mental health within patients, parents and siblings. This training ensures that the nurses are able to help so many children and their families with their illnesses. As of this week, 30 nurses have received this training and we are delighted to have been able to provide this.
Roald Dahl believed in the importance of children and in helping them overcome life’s toughest challenges. He was one of the world’s most imaginative and loved storytellers and he left a marvellous legacy – Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which provides specialist nurses and support to seriously ill children, was established in 1991 by Roald Dahl’s widow Felicity, shortly after his death. Today, there are currently 82 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses caring for over 24,000 seriously ill children across the UK. Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses are a vital lifeline to the children and their families, supporting them clinically and emotionally. The charity supports children and young people affected by complex, lifelong illnesses that are under-funded, under-resourced and under-recognised including Rare Diseases, Sickle Cell Anaemia, Neuro-Muscular Conditions and Epilepsy. The charity also supports children and young people as they move from children’s to adult services.
The Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses that our grant is helping, are experts in their field, specially trained and dedicated to a group of individual patients. They work within the NHS in fields that have fewer resources than others including Epilepsy, brain injuries, Sickle Cell Disease, Rare Diseases and transitional care. They are a consistent presence in the child’s life from initial diagnosis through to the child’s transition to adult services. They advise, they reassure, and they become “part of the family.” Their specialist training such as that of the mental health training we are supporting them with, allows them to coordinate complex care needs, reducing hospital visits for children and families. They act as an advocate for children and families within the healthcare system and can facilitate urgent hospital care if required. They educate both the family, other health professionals and school about their patient’s condition. They connect patients and families to other families with similar conditions. They help ensure that the children in their care receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Ultimately, their nurses are a vital lifeline for seriously ill children and their families and we are so pleased to be supporting them.
You can find out more about the amazing work that our beneficiary charity does by heading to their website here: https://www.roalddahlcharity.org