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Local NHS charity aiming to raise £600,000 to add extra ‘sparkle’ to Hull’s new children’s mental health unit

Local NHS charity aiming to raise £600,000 to add extra ‘sparkle’ to Hull’s new children’s mental health unit
11 October 2018

A local NHS charity is launching a £600,000 fundraising appeal this World Mental Health Day to enhance Hull and East Riding’s child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Following approval earlier in the year, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust started construction to build Hull’s first ever CAMHS unit on Walker Street over the summer which will treat young people struggling with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, severe anxiety, psychoses and eating disorders.

With work now well underway, the Trust’s charity Health Stars is looking to raise funds to add enhanced features to the building which children wish could be provided.

The charity works to ‘add sparkle’ to the community and mental health services provided by the Trust to more than 800,000 people in Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire.

Expected to be open by early autumn next year, the £7.8m building will have its own school, gym, sensory room, indoor and outdoor recreational space and specially designed area for families to visit.

Having held focus groups with young people in the community, Health Stars have a vast collection of ideas and projects they hope to deliver to create an environment which feels more like a home and less like a hospital.

From hopes of a minibus which will support trips and excursions, to a music studio which will help patients creatively use technology to overcome mental health issues, the dreams young people have for this unit are inspiring.

The project works are being carried out alongside refurbishment of the existing Children’s Centre building and Sunshine House, providing a hub for CAMHS across the region. 

Trust Chief Executive Michele Moran said: “The theme of this year’s World Mental Health day on 10 October is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’, and what better way to celebrate the day than to promote a fantastic initiative to help local young people who may experience mental health problems.

“As a healthcare provider, we have the funding in place to make this clinically a safe and supportive environment. However the luxuries and extra touches which will make this unit one of a kind is thanks to the hard work Health Stars, their incredible supporters and our communities are putting in.”

Clare Woodard, Fundraising Manager said: “It’s wonderful to be able to tell people about this appeal that has been a long time in the planning.

“We’re already starting to gather momentum thanks to local businesses, groups and individuals, like a group of local DJs who are putting on an event specifically to support the development of a music studio that features on our service user’s wish list.

“We’ll be creating plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in the appeal but we also need people to come up with their own fundraising activities from bake sales, and race nights to ambitious personal challenges – they all add up and help us spread even more sparkle.”

The appeal is already off to a great start thanks to Nisa Retail’s own charity Make a Difference Locally who have committed £40,000, as well as fantastic fundraising efforts from local call centre, ResQ.

For more information about the Impact Appeal, to request a fundraising pack or to make a donation, visit www.healthstars.org.uk

Follow the Impact Appeal on Twitter via @Health_Stars and #HumberCAMHSAppeal

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