Belle’s Story

Eight-year-old Belle fell from her horse and had to be airlifted from her grandmother’s farm in Kingaroy to Queensland Children’s Hospital.  Thankfully she was wearing a helmet, so her head was protected, but she suffered a shattered pelvis, broken jaw and internal bleeding caused by multiple breaks. 

Her mum Jess will never forget seeing her little girl so badly broken. “I’d never, ever been so terrified. We just didn’t know if she was going to be OK.”  

Belle spent six weeks in Queensland Children’s Hospital being treated for her extensive injuries.  She bravely endured five major operations, a dangerous infection and the loneliness of being away from home and family. She required strong pain relief to keep her comfortable. 

Belle struggled, but at a truly awful time, services funded by people like you made a huge difference to Belle and her family.   

Those services include a big library of toys and books at the hospital, an exciting play area called Kidzone, music therapy, and many activities designed to support kids’ wellbeing. Those activities include Juiced TV, the TV show made by the kids in hospital, for the kids in hospital.  

Jess remembers how powerful those things were.  

“Belle really looked forward to going down to Kidzone to play, and the best thing was that Kidzone also welcomed her sisters and brother. For them to be able to have some time together was just so amazing.”  

Belle will return to hospital later this year for another surgery to remove the metal plate from her jaw. She’s not looking forward to being away from home, but she knows there’ll be nice things about hospital too – and that people like you will help look after her.  

“We’ve nicknamed her Belle the Brave. For a kid to have been through so much and be able to bounce back the way she has, it’s just incredible. I don’t know where she got the bravery, but she inspires me.” 

Donate today to help kids like Belle stay brave and strong in hospital.

Belle’s Story

Eight-year-old Belle fell from her horse and had to be airlifted from her grandmother’s farm in Kingaroy to Queensland Children’s Hospital.  Thankfully she was wearing a helmet, so her head was protected, but she suffered a shattered pelvis, broken jaw and internal bleeding caused by multiple breaks. 

Her mum Jess will never forget seeing her little girl so badly broken. “I’d never, ever been so terrified. We just didn’t know if she was going to be OK.”  

Belle spent six weeks in Queensland Children’s Hospital being treated for her extensive injuries.  She bravely endured five major operations, a dangerous infection and the loneliness of being away from home and family. She required strong pain relief to keep her comfortable. 

Belle struggled, but at a truly awful time, services funded by people like you made a huge difference to Belle and her family.   

Those services include a big library of toys and books at the hospital, an exciting play area called Kidzone, music therapy, and many activities designed to support kids’ wellbeing. Those activities include Juiced TV, the TV show made by the kids in hospital, for the kids in hospital.  

Jess remembers how powerful those things were.  

“Belle really looked forward to going down to Kidzone to play, and the best thing was that Kidzone also welcomed her sisters and brother. For them to be able to have some time together was just so amazing.”  

Belle will return to hospital later this year for another surgery to remove the metal plate from her jaw. She’s not looking forward to being away from home, but she knows there’ll be nice things about hospital too – and that people like you will help look after her.  

“We’ve nicknamed her Belle the Brave. For a kid to have been through so much and be able to bounce back the way she has, it’s just incredible. I don’t know where she got the bravery, but she inspires me.” 

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Patient and Family Services

Our patient and family support team have been improving the hospital experience for sick kids and their families for more than 30 years, helping them to cope during an emotional and at times uncertain journey. 

With your generous assistance, we support and deliver essential services at Queensland Children’s Hospital, and regional hospitals across the state.   

Play is such an important aspect of a child’s life, so we want to make sure that even though they are in hospital, children have an opportunity to smile, laugh and just be kids. From art and craft packs, toys, and game loans to the amazing Kidzone playroom, your support helps sick children and their siblings.   

But it’s not just the kids, we are here for the whole family.  

Your generosity provides operating theatre and emergency department support, bereavement support, wayfinding, special cuddles and bedside play. It provides free meals in partnership with the Scarlett May Foundation, ward orientation and the Family Resource Centre to help make hospital an easier place to be.  

“The services provided by the Foundation were such a light in her day. They gave her a break from the boredom of hospital and moments where she could smile. And it helped us as parents to see that smile back on her face.”

– Jess, Belle’s mum

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my donation be used for?

Your donation will help fund life-saving research and medical equipment, and provide the highest level of support and entertainment programs for sick kids and their families.

When will my monthly gift be debited?

If you sign up after the 15th, your monthly donation will be debited on the 28th or the next working day. If you sign up after the 28th, your monthly donation will be debited on the 15th or the next working day.

Will I get a receipt?

Yes, you will receive an email receipt immediately after donating. If you make a monthly gift you will receive a yearly tax receipt at the end of the financial year.

How do I update my details?

Please call us on 1300 742 554 Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm or email info@childrens.org.au.

What methods of payment are accepted?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. You can also use PayPal to make a donation.

Is my donation tax deductible?

By making a tax-deductible donation to Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland you’re not only doing good but your taxable income and the amount of tax that you pay may decrease. To be tax-deductible, a donation needs to be $2 or more. Donations made to Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland are tax-deductible. Claiming a tax deduction on your gift won’t affect the amount of money received by Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland. You will receive your return from the Australian Taxation office (ATO).

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Regular donations through workplace giving provide a simple yet impactful way for you to support sick kids and their families.

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Gift In Your Will

Imagine the opportunity to save thousands of children’s lives for many years to come. A gift in your Will helps to work wonders now and long into the future.

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Create you own fundraiser for sick kids. From tea parties to golf days, there are many ways to help raise money in your community.

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Regular donations through workplace giving provide a simple yet impactful way for you to support sick kids and their families.

Blazing the trail in sepsis research

Luregn is a consultant in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Queensland Children`s Hospital and an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland. His research group focuses on investigating sepsis, infection and inflammation, which are all linked in several ways.

Luregn and his research team have helped to shape a better understanding of who is affected by sepsis, its impact and which risk factors are relevant.

Watch the video to discover more about sepsis.