Freedom of the City for Alder Hey

Artists impression of the new Alder Hey

One of Europe’s largest and busiest children’s hospitals, Alder Hey, will be granted the Freedom of the city at a special ceremony next week.

On Monday 18 May Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust will be admitted to Liverpool City Council’s Freedom Roll in recognition of the excellent treatment and care of children and young people across the city and beyond.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Erica Kemp CBE said: “I am delighted to be honouring such a worthy recipient.

“The staff in Alder Hey work tirelessly to provide the best possible care to children in a professional, caring and friendly manner. They have made such an enormous difference to the lives of so many families, not just in Liverpool but across the UK.

“As with so many grateful families I would like to extend my personal appreciation to the staff at the Trust. In January 2014, our grandson Jonah was born seriously ill. He was operated on a few days later and I am now delighted to say he is a wonderful, happy and healthy boy.

“My admiration for the treatment and care at Alder Hey is limitless as is my thanks and appreciation to all the staff who work there, past and present. They are truly deserving of this honour.”

Sir David Henshaw, Chair of Alder Hey says: “Alder Hey plays a vital role in the health of children, not just in Liverpool but nationally and internationally and we are well known for clinical excellence and high quality care. However this would not be possible without the support we receive from local people. Our patients, along with their families and friends, contribute enormous amounts of time to help us develop and improve our services.

“They are also at the centre of our plans for the future, helping us design a new hospital and raise funds through the Alder Hey Children’s Charity, to make it one of the best in the world. Alongside a new Research and Education Centre, the new hospital will put Liverpool firmly on the map in terms of innovation, research and education, enhancing our partnerships with Liverpool City Council, our universities, commissioners and the wider community. Together we can really improve the lives of children in this country and beyond. On behalf of everyone at Alder Hey, I would like to thank Liverpool City Council for awarding us such an honour.”
One of Europe’s largest and busiest children’s hospitals, Alder Hey cares for over 275,000 children and young people every year. Its 100-year history of pioneering healthcare has improved the lives of millions of people in the United Kingdom and across the world.

The new Alder Hey, Europe’s only children’s hospital in a park, will position Liverpool as a global leader, bringing together the best people, research, technology and design to provide the best care for children and their families.