This Christmas we need your help to raise £200,000 to fund a neurosurgical endoscope, which will be used to provide life-saving surgery to children who suffer from brain tumours, cysts and hydrocephalus (a dangerous build up of fluid on the brain).
The equipment would be the first of its kind in a children’s hospital in Scotland, and one of only a few in Europe.
The impact to our patients
Mr Roddy O’Kane, consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, explains why your help matters:
“The conditions we treat are very very serious. They are often life-threatening, and treatment can involve a high degree of risk. There’s very little margin for error.
“The endoscope will make a significant difference to the children that we treat by allowing me and my team to perform minimally invasive, more effective and safer surgery, which will ultimately lead to a better outcome for all of the children that we treat here.”
15 year old Ciara Allan from Islay has been treated at the hospital since the age of three for a brain tumour, and has already undergone eight major brain surgeries. She told us:
“The care I get at the hospital is really special to me. I never give up in my fight against my condition, but I can’t do it by myself.
"I hope that everyone donates and helps Roddy and his team get this equipment, which will help lots of children and young people like me who have tumours”.
There are lots of ways that you can support our Christmas appeal at school, work, with family and friends or in your local community. Check out our top 5 festive ways to fundraise >
Please help us care for Scotland's children this Christmas by texting CHILD to 70707 to donate £5*, donating online or by calling 0141 212 8750. Thank you.
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