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In-Patient Unit opens to help London’s most unwell children

03 MAY 2020

Facility opens to help seriously unwell babies, children and their families

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice has opened up the new In-Patient Unit (IPU) at its children’s hospice building, The Ark. The IPU is supporting babies and children requiring end-of-life care, as well as children and families facing clinical or social emergencies.

The opening of the IPU has allowed Noah’s Ark to support the NHS by providing 11 bedrooms for children and families, relieving the beds crisis within the health service. The charity is taking children from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and working with other life-limited and life-threatened children from North and Central London and Hertsmere.

The Ark was opened in September 2019 and the opening of the IPU marks an important stage in the charity’s ability to support London’s most unwell babies and children.

In order to open the IPU, a huge number of community organisations and businesses have rallied around to food for the children, families and staff at The Ark. The support includes contributions from Gosh! Food, Cooking Champions, Compassion London, Ambulance Wish Foundation, McDonalds, Exodus Youth Worx, Natange, Morrisons St Albans and Love Your Doorstep. Volunteers for the charity are also taking food and medication to the homes of families who it supports, as many of them are isolating due to the extreme vulnerability of the children and their conditions.

Noah’s Ark continues to rely on the generosity of its supporters to run the IPU and keep the charity afloat. Earlier this month it called on supporters to help out in the face of potential fundraising losses of over £2million this year. The community – as well as the government– has responded fantastically, although a significant shortfall remains and the charity continues to fight for its future.

Sophie Andrews OBE, Chief Executive of Noah’s Ark, said: “To have seriously unwell children staying at The Ark right now is so important. What could a Noah's Ark family do if they were facing a social or clinical emergency during coronavirus and they'd lost all community-based care? The Ark is the only answer…”. 

“Our ability to operate 24/7 throughout the crisis is a testament both to our unrivalled care staff and the generosity of the community which has kept us going. A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has helped us through the last few weeks.”

Thank you to everyone who has made this possible

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