Below are the four charities that Henry himself had the most interest in and who we will donate to from his memorial fund.
Henry Bromberg Memorial and Charity Donation Fund
Kids in school reading to help kids in hospital
Readathon does something amazing. . It gets children reading for fun through sponsored reading in schools. The money raised provides children’s hospitals with regular storyteller visits, plus a mobile bookcase jam-packed full of brand-new books, which are replenished every six weeks.
Readathon provides schools free resources with everything needed to run a brilliantly successful sponsored read.
Despite his illness and own worries Henry was passionate about his role as Readathon’s Ambassador and gave much of his energy to the charity in order to help other children.
If you would like to know more about Readathon www.readathon.org
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families while their child receives care and treatment in a specialist children’s hospital by giving them a warm and welcoming place to rest their heads, just a moment away from their child.
When a child is in hospital their family can often be faced with having to travel long distances each day and either pay for costly hotel rooms or sleep on a chair at their bedside. Ronald McDonald Houses provide families with a comfortable place to stay that’s close to their child, giving them more time and energy to focus on being together. There are currently 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all just moments away from their respective children’s wards. Our dedicated teams of staff and volunteers welcome families to stay for days, weeks and even years, and help them to feel as at home as possible.
Ronald McDonald House Charities did exactly this for Bob and Laura whilst Henry was in Birmingham Childrens Hoispital. If you would like to know more about Ronald McDonald House Charities http://www.rmhc.org.uk/
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to children and young people from across the country. Providing the highest quality treatment and care to young patients, supporting their loved ones and advancing medical innovation has been has been the driving force behind the hospital since first opening its doors in 1862.
Today, the award-winning, world-renowned hospital has a 3,700-strong team with a reputation for excellence in many life-changing specialist services, including the treatment of the most complex heart conditions, chronic liver and kidney disease, cancer, serious burns, epilepsy, neurology and cystic fibrosis. It’s also home to Europe’s largest single site paediatric intensive care unit, a 24-hour accident and emergency service, regional major trauma centre and revolutionary new mental health service for 0-25 year olds.
Despite all of their heroic efforts the medical team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital could do no more for Henry, who passed away 29th July 2016.
Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust
Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England.
The care team offer holistic care to each individual child that includes both support for their health needs and social and recreational activities. The Hospice facilities include activity rooms such as arts and crafts, a multi-sensory room, indoor soft play and outdoor play area. We also have a computer den and young person lounge for our older clients.
The hospice care team consists of paediatric palliative care nurses, health care assistants and physiotherapists. The hospice has daily visits from local GPs and also access to the expertise of Acorns medical director who is a senior community paediatrician.
The highly skilled teams of nurses and doctors offer palliative care including the management of symptoms while continuing to support the family. The hospice also provides care and support at end of life and has special bedrooms where children can stay after they have died.
Following Henrys death Acorns, Henry stayed in one of the special bedrooms and the hospice provided care and support to family and friends.
If you would like to know more about Acorns Childrens Hospital Trust https://www.acorns.org.uk/
The Children’s Centre, Gloucester
The Children’s Centre is a purpose built unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital situated next to the Orchard Car Park in the new section of the hospital and provides both inpatient and out patient care.
The inpatient unit consists of general medical and surgical beds, a 2 bedded high dependency unit, an oncology unit with four single rooms (known as the Emily Kent Unit). The adolescent service is provided from a designated area within the unit which will include additional recreational facilities for hospitalised young people.