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Our History and Achievements
Since The Children's Foundation was established in 1990 we have achieved many goals of the Foundation, but we continue with our original aim to improve child health in the North East.
- 2016 The Children’s Foundation begin to support research into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people by funding a scoping review of ‘Preventative Mental Health Outcomes in Horticulture’ and evaluation of the ‘B High School Mindfulness Training Programme’.
2011 – 2015
- 2015 On it’s 25th anniversary The Children’s Foundation commit to supporting a growing problem in the region with the escalation of issues relating to children’s health and wellbeing. The ‘Because Minding Matters’ appeal is launched in which the aim is to raise funds to support the destigmatisation of mental health, increase awareness raising, support research and enable the increase of direct support and services for children and young people.
- 2014 The Our Garden project is expanded and a partnership is established with the Northumberland College Kirkley Hall Campus. Students from Southlands School in North Tyneside participate in the Adamson Scholarship in which they are supported through their Level 1 City and Guilds award in Practical Horticulture.
- 2012 The Children’s Foundation embark on a partnership project with the RHS to work with disadvantaged children and young people on the ‘Our Garden’ project which is a schools gardening programme.
- 2012 The world’s first 3D Immersive Rehabilitation System is purchsed for the Great North Children’s Hospital. Designed to encourage children to engage in a wide range of specific exercises to aid their recovery.
- 2012 The 20th anniversary of the Regional Small Grants programme has seen £233,870 of funding given to community projects across the North East and North Cumbria.
- 2011 The first 3d pain distraction unit (known as the VPOD) is purchased for the Great North Children’s Hospital. The VPOD plays a pivotal role in helping reduce stress and encourage relaxation whilst children are receiving clinical treatments.
- 2009 The Children’s Foundation begins funding the Clown Doctors Programme in the Great North Children’s Hospital. The programme offers hospitalised children to take part in artistic play. It aims to relieve them of fear and insecurities and empower children to understand their situation at a traumatic time in their lives.
- 2007 The Children’s Foundation is involved in a pioneering new therapy, using tailor made computer games from children with hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy.
- 2007 The Stars Awards initiative is launched. This annual event recognises the achievements of local children with a disability, their families and friends. To date over 100 children and young people have been part of this special event.
- 2006 The HAPPY (Hospital Action Providing Play for Youngsters) initiative campaign begins in collaboration with IKEA. Through this campaign hospital wards with minimal child facilities were gifted with toys, games and seating from Ikea to make them more child friendly.
- 2006 The partnership between The Children’s Foundation and Daslne (Database of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder living in the North East) begins.
2000 – 2004
- 2004 The Baby and Toddler Express newsletter is launched. This newsletter is given to first time parents and includes a step by step guide as to how their baby grows emotionally and physically.
- 2003 Over £29,000 is raised to purchase a kidney dialysis machine at the RVI.
- 2000 Research is funded into how bacterial infections prevent children from digesting food and into nutritional difficulties in children with Cerebral Palsy.
- 2000 The Whoops! Child Safety project is established. From 2000 to 2015 the project reached over 110,000 children and young people.
- 2000 The Golden Freeway pilot project begins providing essential IT support services to families with a child with Muscular Dystrophy.
1990 – 1999
- 1996 Funding is provided to carry out research into how the brain develops its control of movement; which in time will help the development of new forms of therapy for babies and children suffering from Cerebral Palsy.
- 1995 £120,000 is donated to establish the South Tyneside Accident Centre for Kids. A specially designed centre to ensure a child’s first experience of hospital isn’t frightening or stressful.
- 1995 The Children’s Foundation begins supporting the Personal Child Health Records. By May 2000 the regional record was issued to every baby born in the area.
- 1995 The Children’s Foundation win both the regional and national Department of Health’s ‘Health of the Nation Alliance Award’.
- 1994 The Children’s Foundation is the first charity to win the ‘Investors in People’ Award.
- 1994 The Sir James Spence Institute is opened at the RVI in Newcastle, funded by The Children’s Foundation. The institute is an important research centre into childhood illnesses and diseases.
- 1993 The Children’s Foundation donate over £72,000 for the building of parent and family accommodation to provide an atmosphere of ‘Home from Home’.
- 1992 The Regional Small Grants programme is established, with the first grants given to Darlington Memorial Hospital for the purchase of curtains for the children’s wards and Hartlepool District General to purchase nebulizers and compressors.
- 1991 The Yellow Brick Road Appeal is launched with the aim to raise £12 million in three years
- 1990 The Children’s Foundation is officially launched in March by Professor Al Aynsley-Green (at the time Head of Child Health at Newcastle University and who went on to become the first Children’s Commissioner for England).