Great to see our Youth Ambassador don his England shirt for the first time!  Well done Tommy!

New Head Quarters Opening

The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport, Councillor Andrew Verdeille and Mrs Cleo Cundall officially opened the new £250,000 Cheadle Hulme-based HQ for long established children's charity Action for Sick Children at a well-attended launch ceremony.

After a tour of the new development, the Mayor and Mayoress cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of the new headquarters and Councillor Verdeille expressed his delight at the charity's decision to relocate to Cheadle Hulme

"Action for Sick Children is an important charity that has done some ground-breaking work in its long history and I welcome its arrival here," said Councillor Verdeille. "It is currently working on some exciting new children's health initiatives and I'm sure it will attract support from the residents of Cheshire."

Politicians, including Cheadle Hulme Conservative MP Mary Robinson, senior members of the medical profession, supporters and volunteers who attended the day-long event at Ravenoak Road were welcomed by Action for Sick Children's Chief Executive Val Jackson.

Miss Jackson, who revealed that the charity's relocation from High Lane, Stockport to its new Cheadle Hulme base, was part of her five year plan to expand the charity into the 21st Century, then welcomed all to the official opening event.

She said the move to a new headquarters presented an opportunity for the charity to build its visibility to the levels that it enjoyed when it first started its work more than 50 years ago.

"Back in the 1960s Action for Sick Children was a well known name," explained Miss Jackson. "Our work was high-profile and our brand carried some valuable credibility. We were here to offer help and support for all sick children, their parents and carers; we worked hard to improve their lot.

"Winning the right for parents to stay with their hospitalised children overnight was a key Action for Sick Children achievement, a victory that is still valued and appreciated by both parents and children today. My aim is to build on our past achievements by helping sick children and their families to tackle the problems that currently face them in this modern fast-moving world.

"One of our latest initiatives, the Dental Playbox, a scheme which uses fun and games, including puppets and songs, to help youngsters learn the basics of caring for the health of their teeth, is proving very popular.  In fact we ran Dental Playbox sessions during the opening event to give visitors a chance to see it in action for themselves.

"More importantly we are now getting reports that this initiative is proving to be an effective tool in enabling children to care for their own teeth properly and healthily. This is wonderful news from my point of view because Dental Playbox is a perfect example of the Action for Sick Children philosophy - helping children to improve their health."

Miss Jackson believes that Action for Sick Children's new home will enable the charity to significantly build its visibility and become the powerful force it once was. By attracting new trustees and new volunteers it can increase its range of support activities and deliver the relevant help and advice to those who require it.

"For me, our new head office illustrates the launch of a bigger, brighter Action for Sick Children which will continue to liaise with and support sick children, their parents and carers," said Miss Jackson.

"I believe we can and will increase this charity's visibility, attract new supporters and make a real difference to the lives of sick children and their families."

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Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green appointed as President of BMA

ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN is proud to annouce that one of it's Patrons - Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green has been appointed as the President of the British Medical Association.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sir Al on his appointment and thank him for his unstinting support of children and young people over many years. we are delighted he will continue to have an influential national position and undoubtedly many vulnerable children and young people will benefit as a result.

Mrs. P. Barnes Retires!

As many of you will know Pamela Barnes MBE was one of the founder members of Action for Sick Children more than 50 years ago and has throughout that time been a stalwart supporter of the charity; in deed she held the post of Chair for some 14+ years! 

Pamela has now made the decision to retire and we would like to take this opportunity to say a great big thank you to her and wish her a long and happy retirement.  Should anybody wish to contact Pamela directly please use the following e mail address:      

Dr Richard Wilson, Director, honoured with MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, June 2014

Dr Richard Wilson’s association with Action for Sick Children goes back to when previously it was known as NAWCH (National Association for Welfare of Children in Hospital).  He was an early supporter, chairing national conferences, speaking out in the press, and as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee.

In his local work at Kingston Hospital he improved facilities for children to have their parents with them on the ward and even in the anaesthetic room, and built up a team of Play Specialists (he is Patron of the National Association of Health Play Specialists) and Paediatric nurses to care for children in their homes.
Later when NAWCH had financial difficulties he organised support from paediatricians which helped to restore vital grants.
After NAWCH became Action for Sick Children he became a Trustee (Director), promoting the Children’s Charter, travelling to assess units for awards, and instigating a survey of parents’ views.  He has championed high quality health care for children in UK so that the country moves away from the poor child mortality rates compared to rest of Europe.  
Dr Wilson’s work with Action for Sick Children has been informed by his work in many other areas: on cot death with The Foundation for the Study of Infant Death, now The Lullaby Trust; on stillbirth with SANDS; on bereavement with Jigsaw South East and the Child Bereavement Trust; on neonatal care with Born Too Soon; on disability in the SCOPE assessment unit; on child abuse as Chair of the Report on Fabricated or Induced Illness (RCPCH 2002).  
He also worked in Romania, and founded a new journal, Paediatrics and Child Health (Elsevier).
Action for Sick Children is delighted that Dr Richard Wilson’s work has been recognised with an MBE for services to vulnerable children and bereaved people.

More great news for the Dental Playbox Project!

Action for Sick Children's DENTAL PLAYBOX now endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  A spokes person for the Dental Playbox Project said "This is fabulous! We now have NHS England and the RCPCH endorsement which is tremendous for the project itself; as well as being a great reward for all the hard work done by the Dental Playbox Team over the last 12 months.  Here's to bigger and better things in 2014!"