Cambridge Children's Hospital campaign announced

Cambridge Children's Hospital campaign announced

  • Zofeya, a former patient
  • Jasmine, a former patient

The campaign aims to raise £100 million for the hospital due to open in 2025

Children, their health, mental and physical, their lives and their happiness will be at the heart of all that we do at the Cambridge Children’s Hospital.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope

The University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has announced a campaign to raise £100 million towards a world’s-first hospital that will care for children and young people’s physical and mental health together. The campaign builds on £100million of public funding committed to the project by Health Secretary Matt Hancock in 2018.

Cambridge Children’s aims to provide a whole new way of caring for young people, integrating mental and physical healthcare, alongside ground-breaking academic research, built on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Embedding genomic and psychological research alongside clinical expertise in physical and mental child health, Cambridge Children’s will be a brand new state-of-the-art hospital designed to take care of the whole child, not just their illness.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope said:

"This campaign ensures that this region — a world-leader in life sciences, technology and biomedicine — is also home to a world-leading facility where childhood disease is researched and treated. Children, their health, mental and physical, their lives and their happiness will be at the heart of all that we do at the Cambridge Children’s Hospital."

An embedded 5000m2 Research Institute focused on paediatric genomic medicine will drive a whole new way of thinking about paediatric healthcare. It will feature highly collaborative research centres dedicated to addressing the lead causes of children’s illness and death. 

Situated alongside Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Maternity Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge Children’s aims to model innovation in terms of:

  • Environmental impact and carbon neutrality
  • Play, outdoor spaces, nature and education as part of care
  • Innovative design shaped by and for the children and their families
  • Creative therapies including music and the arts
  • Medical technology-enabled self-care by children and families, and treatment closer to home

"Philanthropy will help to transform healthcare for children and young people," remarked Campaign Chair, Dame Mary Archer. "My fellow Campaign Board members and I are determined to make this pioneering hospital a reality. We have already seen the UK government commit £100 million in funding. Our ambition is to match this with philanthropy, together delivering a bold vision and a lasting legacy."

The project is proceeding apace with active workstreams to integrate physical and mental health care, to actively engage health providers, children and their families across the region, to develop design and construction plans. Construction is expected to start in 2023 with the opening anticipated in 2025.

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    Jessica Reihanifam

    Senior Associate Director Children’s Health

    jessica.reihanifam@admin.cam.ac.uk

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