Initially our Head of Year 7, Ms Shuttleworth met Dr Frazer at a school transition event and spoke about the new Hospital Wing at the BRI. It was discussed how important it was for the children and teenagers to feel at home whilst spending time in hospital (often for long periods of time). Ms Shuttleworth offered our student’s input as a consultation group and last year two students from each year group looked over the architect’s visuals and commented on the décor/layout of the rooms.
Year 7 decided to support the funding of enhancements for the Paediatric Unit by raising money through their annual sponsored walk. The 300 students have been extremely enthusiastic and they were aiming to beat last year’s Year 7 fundraising amount of just over £2100. We have been amazed by the efforts of all our students – two of which, Rob Andrew and Sam Gibson, have managed to raise £500 between them alone!
The BRI will be presenting the top 15 fundraisers with a prize - a tour of the BRI in the New Year:
The money raised by the students will be spent on making the wing and each individual bed space feel comfortable and welcoming – like a home from home.
“The charitable funds will be used to enhance the new children’s wards in the hospital wing. All charitable funds raised will contribute to specialist equipment for a multisensory room for children with complex needs, building a multifunction room for dining and play, adolescent rest facilities and ensuring each bed station is a homely as possible. We believe it is so important for the children and their parents/carers to make the environment as comfortable and relaxing as possible to speed recovery during a very difficult period. The support offered by Bingley Grammar School is outstanding and the children and staff should be really proud of all their efforts. The school will one of the main consultation groups used to finalise the design scheme of the ward to ensure the environment meets the wider needs of our children.”
Dr Frazer, Consultant Paediatrician
Dr Simon Frazer, consultant Paediatrician at the BRI and Shane Embleton, the Programme Manager overseeing the construction of the wing, accompanied the students on the 5km walk chatting with many of them on the way round. Some students chose to run the course and then spent the rest of the morning encouraging others to keep going by walking the course with them. Others kept going and completed 18 laps of the course far more than the required 10 laps to complete the 5km!
Dr Frazer and Shane Embleton were joined by Ruth Tolley – Senior Sister in one of the 3 children’s wards and Sarah Szpara – Matron for Children’s Inpatients and the Neonatal Unit in coming to accept a cheque at a Year 7 assembly. The team from the BRI spoke about the new wing and how it would benefit children of all ages. They also showed a video of a patient at the BRI called Hasan to show how the children felt about the existing wards and what needed to change. The team thanked the students and were amazed to receive a cheque for such a large amount of money.
"We are immensely proud of the effort our students put into both the 5km walk (in difficult conditions) and the fundraising. The students have taken this worthy cause to their hearts and achieved far more than we ever expected."
Ms Wendy Shuttleworth
In the New Year Bingley Grammar has been asked to provide another focus group of students to work with the interior designer focussing on the Adolescent lounge/teen room. Our Art department, headed up by Mrs McKane, is also eager to get involved in the wall displays and artwork for the new wing.
We as a school are so pleased and proud to have been given the opportunity to be involved in such a massive project and hope the money we have been able to donate through Year 7’s efforts helps to make the wing feel comfortable and more homely for the children who stay there.< Back to all news stories