Campaign fronted by Broseley youngster needs £300,000 to reach £2 million target

A campaign which is being fronted by a Shropshire youngster is now close to its £2 million target.

Arlo Watson, of Broseley, was chosen as the face of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Critical Journeys Appeal, to kit out four ambulance vehicles.

The appeal has just £300,000 left to meet its target and people are being encouraged to give what they can.

Launched last year, it will directly benefit more than 2,000 critically sick babies, children and young people who have to use the critical care KIDS/NTS ambulance service every year.

Once the target has been hit, the charity will be able to kit out its fleet of four critical care ambulances with the same specialist equipment patients have access to on the hospital’s intensive care unit – meaning they have a better chance of survival as treatment is instant.

The critical appeal will remove the need for ambulances to divert back to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to pick up vital pieces of equipment resulting in better care and outcomes for critically ill babies and children.

Emma Bull, lead nurse at KIDS/NTS, said: "We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our Critical Journeys Appeal so far. This much-needed appeal will help us to kit out our ambulances and upgrade our equipment, enabling us to be response-ready at all times.

"In turn, this will allow us to move more patients with the same level of specialist equipment used in intensive care, making sure we can get our patients to the right place, at the right time for the right treatment.”

Thanks to a phenomenal donation of £1 million from the Denise Coates Foundation in April, the appeal has raised £1.7 million in just 12 months.


Arlo Watson, who became the face of the appeal, was born in December 2016, four months early.

He weighed just 755 grams, around one and a half pounds, and had to be transferred between hospitals by the KIDS/NTS team.

He spent almost 200 days in different hospitals before he finally came home.

Visit, email or call 0121 333 8506 to find out how you can support the appeal.

Date: 13 September 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

More Telford News

 Mental health charity No Panic to set up shop in Telford

A charity which helps people with anxiety and depression is moving to a ne..

 Magical story set in Ironbridge to mark Telford's 50th

An illustrator has marked the Telford50 celebrations with a magical story ..

 Plans for England's oldest railway crossing gates to be showcased in Ironbridge Gorge

Plans to replace the oldest railway crossing gates in the country will be ..

 Let's Back Zac: Poorly Broseley youngster is mascot for AFC Telford United FA Cup match

Broseley youngster Zac Oliver will be the mascot for AFC Telford United's ..

 Telford recycling plant poised to reopen despite concerns

A recycling plant in Telford is poised to reopen after the Environment Age..

 Driver caught at the wheel outside his Telford home handed 16-month road ban for smoking cannabis

A driver from Telford who was caught at the wheel after smoking cannabis h..
View More

More UK News

Couple discover relatives died together in WW1

A bid to find relatives of soldiers who died in a Belgian village in WW1 makes a remarkable discover..

Brexit compromise still possible, Donald Tusk says

The European Council president said it was in fact Theresa May who was "uncompromising" over her pla..

Bristol venue to play Africa by Toto on loop all night

People will be sponsored for how long they can endure the "guilty pleasure" at a Bristol music venue..

Labour could renationalise railways in five years - McDonnell

John McDonnell says he will create a Treasury unit to oversee the party's plans for more public owne..

The town that became Scotland's chilli capital

It all began as a joke but now Mark Hodgson can't even pop to the shops without having to discuss ch..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

21 Sep 2018

7 - 10:30pm

Cocktails & Jazz Ticket £13.50 per head - Includes a Welcome cocktail on arrival.

* Canape Selection £6.00 per head (Optional extra)

View Details

22 Sep 2018

9:30am - 5pm


View Details

22 Sep 2018



View Details

03 Oct 2018


Tickets £24 Students £21.50

Age guidance 14+

Show running times (approx): 70 minutes - 20 minutes interval - 70 minutes

View Details
View More