Prior to the building of Phase One of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, children were treated in accommodation that was very outdated and in need of modernisation. The wards hadn’t been designed around children and parents’ needs and many were in a poor state of repair.
The charity’s founding members listened to the calls of leading paediatricians in Wales and began their commitment to the creation of The Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales through a lobbying campaign spanning a decade.
“Listening to paediatricians at that time, they were incensed that Wales was the only country in Europe without a purpose-built hospital for sick children and understood that there was a pressing need for children to have a specialist purpose-built facility”.
– Lyn Jones President and Founder Trustee
The green light was finally given in 2000 to begin the fundraising for the build of Phase One and the Noah’s Ark Appeal was launched by then 14 year old Charlotte Church who joined us when the hospital opened its doors on St David’s Day in 2005 to its very first patients. A year later, Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas officially opened the building and the world’s eyes were on Wales
The Noah’s Ark Appeal became the most high profile and successful fundraising appeal in Wales harnessing the support of children and adults alike from across the nation and beyond.
Since then we have helped fund the teenage cancer trust unit, refurbished the adolescent unit and donated state of the art equipment to the paediatric ophthalmologic department making it one of the best in the UK.
In 2008 Phase Two was launched to raise millions of pounds for major projects such as the children’s operating theatres and a radiology department with an MRI scanner. On the 15th May 2015 the hospital welcomed guests and press into the magnificent new building.
For the first time in Wales’ history, children could be treated for all their paediatric needs under one roof. This was a huge achievement for us and an incredible moment for everyone involved. At the charity, we are very proud to support the work of hospital and its staff. Working together we continue to improve the quality of care that children in Wales receive.