Lighting the way for sick kids

20 Dec 2020

Yesterday, Aussies across NSW tuned in to Channel 9 for our first-ever Light Up Xmas Appeal broadcast to raise vital funds for Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Over three magical hours, ten brave families openly shared their stories, helping to raise over $4.5m (and counting!) for the hospitals and paediatric services that care for them.

From life-saving brain surgeries to treating rare diseases and receiving cancer treatment - every story was truly unique. This unforgettable afternoon, filled with plenty of laughs, tears and memorable moments was a hallmark ending to what has been an unprecedented year.

Australian children and young people account for almost 1 million hospital admissions each year, and 50% of kids in hospital suffer so badly from homesickness while in hospital it affects their mental health and can impact their physical recovery too.

Nicola Stokes, CEO at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the way the community has responded to our Christmas appeal. We set an ambitious target of $3 million, and the generosity of corporate partners and community groups and personal donations from the public has been extraordinary, helping us to raise an amazing $4,529,906.

“This means we can continue to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and technology for diagnosis and treatment, ensure 24/7 emergency transport for critically ill newborn babies, discover innovative treatments and cures through world-leading research and provide love and comfort to children and their families needing end-of-life care. The outpouring of kindness and support means our network of world-leading hospitals and paediatric services can continue to provide the best possible care, when and where it’s needed - and for that I would like to express my heartfelt thanks.”

All funds raised will help light up the lives of sick kids at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, Kids Research and the Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Services.

The full broadcast is available to view on 9 Now until 31 January 2021.