Paul Dimitri, director of research and innovation at Sheffield Children’s, shares an open letter with unLTD readers on the ‘incredible generosity’ of donations which are helping support vital research and technology

As we start the new year, I would like to tell you about the importance of research for the children and young people we look after as well as those from across the whole country. From developing new medicines to pioneering new health technologies, this research is fundamental in ensuring that we provide the best treatment possible for patients in our care.

Through our research studies, children and young people can access the latest in treatments and technology, meaning that we can provide the most up-to-date care for our patients.

Every year between 1,500 to 2,500 children and families are involved in around 350 research studies in Sheffield Children’s. Some of these projects include trialling new medicines for children with long term conditions, developing innovative technologies and supporting services across multiple different areas including emergency care, specialist paediatrics, community health, and child and adolescent mental health.

Sheffield Children’s is home to national and international leaders in research and innovation. Their work in several different specialty areas is ground-breaking. Combined with the help and support of everyone who participates in research, Sheffield Children’s has established itself an international leader in the field, having been so successful in developing cutting edge therapies for children and young people.

We are incredibly grateful for all your support, as when you donate to The Children’s Hospital Charity, your incredible generosity helps to support research and technology development for our children and young people.

The Children’s Hospital Charity provides up to £250,000 every year to support the best research at Sheffield Children’s, making sure that all our research benefits our patients and families. This research covers many different specialties, has benefited thousands of patients, and has helped launch and support the careers of many of our best researchers in the Trust. On behalf of everyone you have helped, thank you.

Looking to the future, Sheffield Children’s will continue to strive to lead the way internationally in children’s health research and technology development. This can only be achieved through the support and participation of our patients and families, the continuing hard work and dedication of our staff and the generosity of those donating to The Children’s Hospital Charity.

By continuing to develop the best medicines, treatment and services for children and young people through research, innovation and technology development, I am certain that Sheffield Children’s will be able to offer all those that come to our hospital the best and most advanced healthcare in the world.

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