Today’s the day Dr Ted has his picnic…

A call to help Rotherham children suffering from ill health and visiting hospital has been launched today. 

Rotherham Hospital Charity is relying on the kind-hearted borough to support its brand new Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal.

Jane Lawrence, Children’s Ward Manager, Angela Griffiths, Clinical Ward Manager SCBU, Michelle Scott, Matron Hospital Children’s services, Cllr Hussain, Tracy Williams and children from leapfrog nursery

The appeal is designed entirely to benefit children, their families and carers visiting The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT), whose services incorporate Rotherham Hospital and the Walk-in Centre in central Rotherham, amongst others.

Local children gathered today at a teddy bear’s picnic themed event in Community Corner at Rotherham Hospital to mark the beginning of the appeal’s plight.

The picnic coincided with the Trust’s Easter fair where members of local communities were invited to buy and sell items in aid of the charity.

The children were joined by Councillor Hussain who commented: “Dr Ted’s appeal is a fantastic charity to support as it helps children when they are at their most vulnerable. All the donations received are so greatly appreciated and they go towards the wellbeing of whole families, not just the child.

“The launch today is hopefully the start of a lot more wonderful activities organised by the appeal.”

Tracey Williams, Charity Development Officer, at the Trust commented: “We have all been children so we all have a good idea of how a child might feel when they have to have a medical procedure carried out or if they have to see a loved one in hospital.

“Through the Dr Ted’s Children’s Appeal we hope to make their experiences a little easier but this cannot happen unless local people show their support. Rotherham people usually come out in force to support local causes so we are really optimistic that they will do the same for Dr Ted. All of the money donated, through today’s events and future events, will be put into a special fund to directly support children throughout the Trust.”

The main aims of the appeal include helping to refurbish parts of buildings at the Trust frequently used by children and their guardians and to help to provide educational and fun equipment that the NHS can’t or won’t provide.

The appeal will also extend its reach to providing equipment to aid healthcare and to researching projects which aim to improve the services used by children, young people and their families and carers throughout the borough.

Anyone can fundraise on behalf of Rotherham Hospital Charity or its appeals at any time. For more information contact Tracy Williams, Charity Development Officer at TRFT on 01709 427589 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .