Getting to know Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital The hospital opened in June 2009 and with 371 beds, it is the largest children hospital in the UK. They treat over 220,000 children every single year, from Cumbria down to Stoke-On-Trent. It is a national centre of excellence for bone marrow transplantation and burns treatment. The NHS can only provide so much. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity goes further and improves upon NHS funding. The charity has three main goals for the future; the enhancement of the Oncology Ward, the expansion of the Bone Marrow Transfer Unit and the proposed Helicopter and Helipad; a helipad may seem like an extravagance, but there is a ‘golden hour’ after an incident occurs, if this can be cut, if only by a few minutes, it can be the difference between saving a life and losing one. Why are we telling you about this? We recently donated £5,000 to the hospital and visited them yesterday to see where donations are spent. We learnt more about the hospital after an employee’s niece lost her battle with leukemia at the age of 11. Impressed by what they do and how many children they help, we’d like to go further and raise money for the charity when we do our Yorkshire Three Peaks walk in June.