On Friday, 07 November 2014, the Children’s Hospital Trust celebrates its annual Day of Remembrance held to commemorate the World War II servicemen and veterans who donated two days of their pay towards what was to become the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Their vision was to create a living memorial in honour of their fallen comrades and today, this world-class Hospital has become a cornerstone in paediatric healthcare on the African continent and continues to save the lives of more than a quarter million children each year.
Military dignitaries in regiment uniforms gather on the Hospital’s premises with their families each year, where a ceremony takes place to pay tribute to the heroes, who conceptualised this iconic hospital.
The ethos of giving from the founding war heroes lives on through the fundraising of the Children’s Hospital Trust, which relies on the benevolence of donors to ensure that the Hospital remains on a par with international standards of child healthcare. 100% of all donations to the Children’s Hospital Trust go directly to the benefit of children in need of highly complex medical intervention.
On 11 November 1918, the Germans signed the Armistice Agreement to end World War I at 11h00 that day and so Poppy Day is celebrated internationally, with two minutes of silence at 11h00, in thanksgiving for those who survived and to remember the fallen.
Liz Linsell, Children’s Hospital Trust Head of Legacies, says: “The Trust’s Circle of Life legacy programme continues this tradition and commemorates those who have chosen to leave a legacy gift to the Children’s Hospital Trust in their Will. Legacies are a critical source of funding for the Trust to plan for the Hospital’s future needs and are a lasting memorial to each and every individual whose generosity and foresight helps to better the lives of thousands of sick children.”
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