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Watch: The 10-year-old who ran nearly three marathons for the hospital that saved his brother

A 10-year-old boy from Merseyside is aiming to run the distance of almost three marathons to raise funds for the children's hospital that saved his baby brother.

George Mathias is in training to run 72 miles in support of Alder Hey. His brother James was premature and spent days in a coma at the hospital.

Ann O'Connor went to meet them:

New research centre to open at Alder Hey

Alder Hey in the park Credit: Alder Hey

A new research centre at Alder Hey Hospital is being opened later. The first phase of the 'Institute in the Park' will house state of the art facilities next to the revamped children's hospital.

The hospital and the institute are the first of two buildings to be completed on the Alder Hey in the Park Campus in Liverpool. £260m is being spent on the project.


Latest: Alder Hey Hospital activate major incident plan as school girls fight for life

Alder hey Hospital has activated major incident plan as two school girls fight for life and it is confirmed that eight people have been injured.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson told the Liverpool Echo:

“Our thoughts and prayers go not only to the children who have been hurt and seriously injured, but also to their families and the staff of the school.

“These children were going home to enjoy half term and now they are faced with this.

“As a father and grandfather, my thoughts and prayers are with the kids but, equally, with their families.”

– Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson to Liverpool Echo
Officers closed the roads at the scene Credit: ITV
Officers closed the roads at the scene Credit: ITV
Officers closed the roads at the scene Credit: ITV

Star "delighted" to support Alder Hey

Pixie with Alder Hey's Head of Charities Clare White.

Pop star Pixie said Caravan of Love will be released as her Christmas single.

Twenty pence of every single sale goes straight to Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

It will also feature in television adverts for Matalan, Alder Hey's charity partner for Alphabet Scarves campaign which has won the backing of the likes of Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.

“I am really honoured to be involved with, and supporting, Alder Hey.

It’s a fantastic initiative and will raise much needed funds for the children’s hospital. As part of the campaign, I am also delighted to be singing and releasing the beautiful Caravan of Love, with proceeds from each single sale going to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.”

– Pixie Lott


Special time for Alder Hey to look back - and forward to the future

It's a special time as Alder Hey Children's Hospital celebrates 100 years and looks forward to the future. As young people are key to everything they do the hospital wanted them to create artwork for the new site as Vicky Charnock, arts co-ordinator at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital explains.

Children help Alder Hey celebrate 100 years

Children celebrate Alder Hey Hospital in pictures Credit: Alder Hey

Alder Hey Children's hospital celebrates its 100th birthday this month.

Nursing through the ages - pictures of Alder Hey Credit: Alder Hey

Artwork from Liverpool children is being displayed outside the new hospital site to mark the milestone. The hospital moves to its new site next year.

Alder Hey founded in 1914 moves to new site next year Credit: Alder Hey

Alder Hey was originally a mansion set in 25 acres. It was sold in 1910 to be a workhouse for the poor to include an area for paupers' children. The doors were opened in 1914, but because of the First World War - it was never used in that way.

During the War, it was used as a military hospital, but the wards which had been designated to children were still retained for them. At the end of the war it became a children's hospital although in the Second World War it also took in casualties from the war.

It went on to become one of Europe's busiest children's hospitals now treating 270,000 children and caring for their families every year.

It was the first hospital to test Penicillin saving a child from Pneumonia in 1944 and was the first in the UK to have a neonatal unit.

It's now running a £30m appeal to raise money for life saving equipment and facilities for Alder Hey in the Park.

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Full report: Alder Hey Hospital told it must improve

The North West's leading children's hospital has been told it must improve.

Alder Hey's care of critically ill children has been criticised and inspectors say they don't have enough nurses and senior doctors.

The report comes after an inspection by Care Quality Commission.

The hospital trust says it's already made improvements.

Alder Hey says it's already making improvements

Alder Hey Children's Hospital says it's already investing in additional nursing staff and making improvements.

The NHS Foundation Trust says it's confident the overall service to patients is safe but they still need to make improvements in recruitment, outpatients and and their High Dependency Unit.

'At the time of inspection, solutions had already been put in place in these areas and the Trust is currently developing an action plan in response to all of the recommendations within the CQC report.

This includes a renewed focus on leading improvements to services currently available for children and young people.'

– Rick Turnock, Acting Medical Director of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust's Chief Executive said the CQC report showed the high quality care, compassion and commitment shown to patients and families at Alder Hey.

'In the last year we have invested over £1m in additional nursing staff and 37 new nurses have been appointed just this month.

We have also worked hard to improve communication and engagement with staff, the availability of clinical records, administration of medicines, incident management and medical leadership.

Alder Hey has been delivering pioneering treatment for the last 100 years and our new hospital, which opens next year, will provide an exciting opportunity to enhance our role as a leader in children’s healthcare.'

– Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
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