“Having seen the fantastic work that the charity does within Gloucestershire over the years I was very honoured when I was asked to become a vice-patron for the Pied Piper. It gives me even more pleasure to now be able to support what is an amazing charity throughout my testimonial year” – Charlie Sharples

The Pied Piper Appeal was formed in 1992 by Peter Hickman to build a new Children’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The Centre opened in 2004 and since then 6,500 children a year have passed through the Centre and benefitted from excellent nursing and the fantastic state-of-the-art facility with the latest equipment.

The most recent acquisition is the Echo Heart Scanner which saves 24 children a week from having to travel to Bristol. The outdoor play area has also been re-floored and redesigned with new equipment and interactive screens have been supplied at Gloucester and Cheltenham A & E departments. The centres at Acorns and Evergreen have also had interactive screens installed as we continue to support children with mental health issues in our county.

Pied Piper also fund Wish Holidays for children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses for them and their families. Last year Pied Piper funded 22 Wish Holidays to places such as Centre Parcs and Euro Disney.

In 2016 Pied Piper were thrilled to pledge £500,000 to the Chamwell Centre at Milestones School to launch their appeal. The new centre will provide facilities for disabled children in Gloucestershire for play, education and respite.

As a charity we rely on the support and fundraising efforts of everyone in Gloucestershire. We hope that your generosity will continue which will help us to give the children in Gloucestershire the best care possible.’