Projects

Rehabilitation programmes

We support projects aimed at rehabilitating a burn injured young person to lead a life where scars don’t limit.

The Manchester Children’s Burns Camps are an example of the kind of rehabilitation project that we help to provide funds for. The camp is run jointly by the Burns Service at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and by a team of volunteers. These annual camps for burn-injured children were first started in 1993.

Children and young people who are undergoing treatment at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital are invited to come along. There are a range of programmes for children of different ages. This is no ordinary holiday; the week long stay in an activity centre offers the chance to build strength and confidence through challenging activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing. It also gives the children and young people the opportunity to learn about how to handle difficult situations like being teased or how to face the public gaze with a strong sense of who you are.

It costs over £800 for each child to attend camp.

To date, we have awarded nearly £43,000 to Manchester Children’s Burns Camp.

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American exchange programme for burn injured young people

Each year two young people and accompanying volunteers travel to Colorado to attend the Cheley Colorado Burns Camp. This exchange programme is facilitated by the Manchester Children’s Burns Camp. This is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and build a wider network of support, go trekking on horse-back and overnight camping under the stars. The Children’s Burns Foundation aims to support this exchange as often as we can.

We endeavour to help with the funding for all of these projects but need your support to do so. If you want to make a real difference and help to sponsor a young person or an activity on one of the Manchester Children’s Burns Camps, please help us by checking out the following link.

Activity days compliment the residential programmes. The Children’s Burn’s Foundation supported a trip for a group of young people to visit an indoor climbing wall in Manchester. Climbing is great for children and young people with burn injuries as it stretches their limbs, increases their strength and flexibility and helps them to feel proud of what their bodies can do.
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E-therapy service

The Manchester Paediatric Burns Service at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital recognised that gaining access to psychological support can be difficult for some children and young people. This could be because they live in a remote location, family circumstances or the demands of keeping up with friends and school work.

Online therapy services offer vital psychological support for young people who might not otherwise be able to access it. They provide a forum for young people to have an on-line, real time chat with specialist psychologists to discuss their worries, share ideas about ways of tackling these and build up their resilience and confidence.

 

E-therapy Service Benefits

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Parents not taking time off work

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No transports costs

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Time off school

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Young person not sitting in waiting room being stared at

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Expense

Setting up such a service and running it for two years costs £35,000. The Manchester Paediatric Burns Service asked for our help. We were proud to be able to give a sizeable contribution towards this valuable project. This is a ground breaking service. It is the first time in the UK that a programme has been set up to offer on-line therapy to young people with burn injuries. We are delighted to give it our whole-hearted backing.

Research

Burn care has developed rapidly since the Second World War – back in the 1950’s burn injuries involving more than one third of the body surface area were considered fatal. Since this time there have been advances in critical care management, anaesthesia, nutrition and skin grafting to improve survival of burn injured patient. However, psycho-logical and physical outcomes of a burn injury remain a major challenge for burn survivors.

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The Children’s Burns Foundation seeks to work closely with the University of Manchester and other academic institutions to support clinicians and scientists in their endeavour to reduce the psychological and physical burden of burn injury.

To date, we have supported the burns research laboratory at the University of Manchester with grants for basic equipment and materials which have helped the researchers to start their investigation into the genetic basis of changes in the colour of scars, a problem that causes immense psychological distress to burn survivors and often social isolation.

Over the next 3 years, we are committed to investing over £30000 in research which will investigate new ways to improve healing of burn injured skin.

Supporting Training

The Children’s Burns Foundation supports programmes to train volunteers to become leaders for the rehabilitation camps. It is vital that they are equipped with the skills and trained to provide bespoke support for the burn injured children attending these camps.

One of these young leaders, who himself benefitted from attending re-habilitation camps as a young person, has go on to become a doctor and is specialising in the treatment of burns. We are proud to say he is now an Ambassador of the Children’s Burn’s Foundation.

We have big plans in the pipeline for some exciting, ground-breaking future projects.