A drawing by renowned illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake is to be auctioned to raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity’s Nurses Appeal, which was launched on the 11th May 2020 to ensure its network of 78 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses can continue to do their vital work. Sir Quentin Blake is President and founding Patron of the Charity having been involved since its inception in 1991 when it was set up by Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, the year after the famous author’s death.
The bespoke drawing by Sir Quentin Blake, which depicts a Roald Dahl Nurse along with the charity’s mascot, Marvin the crocodile (also designed by Sir Quentin) caring for seriously ill children, will be auctioned in the coming weeks to raise money for the Roald Dahl Nurses Appeal. The illustrator has also created versions of the drawing for children to colour in and these can be downloaded here.
The Roald Dahl Nurses Appeal aims to significantly increase the number of seriously ill children it reaches by providing more nurses as well as enable the charity to respond to urgent COVID-19 related requests from its nurses. A recent study* has shown that the number of seriously ill children in the UK with lifelong illnesses is increasing and it’s reported that there are over 100,000 children in the UK with long-term, complex conditions. The charity currently supports 21,000 of those children.
The appeal will also raise funds to provide essential equipment to ensure seriously ill children cared for by Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses can stay safe at home during the pandemic. Funds have been raised already to ensure that 80 families in Leeds with children who have life-limiting, neuro-muscular illnesses can get essential monitoring equipment to carry out blood pressure checks and urinalysis at home, rather than going into hospital. These children have compromised immune systems and are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than other children, so this equipment is a potential lifesaver for them.
Angela Horsley MBE Head of Children, Young People and Transition at NHS England and NHS Improvement: “Specialist nurses play an extremely important role within the NHS and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity are doing an amazing job building their Specialist Children’s Nursing programme. Their network of 78 Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses provide an essential service to both the seriously ill children and families in their care but also to their fellow NHS healthcare professionals.”
Louise Griew, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity CEO said: “Like all small charities, we are in unprecedented times right now. Our income has been severely impacted while the needs of the seriously ill children cared for by our wonderful Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses have increased significantly. We believe every seriously ill child deserves a Roald Dahl Nurse and we want to raise as much as possible so we can increase the number of children we reach. I would urge everyone to donate to our nurses appeal so our nurses can continue to do their vital work within the NHS during this challenging time and so that we can provide more seriously ill children with a Roald Dahl Nurse.”
Please contribute to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Nurses Appeal at www.roalddahl.com/donate
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