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The Manchester Children’s Burns Camp began nearly 20 years ago, when a small number of burn injured children enjoyed a weekend away. Now, we run two annual, week-long Camps for up to 50 children and young people as well as developing a training programme for young people who have attended Camp in the past to learn how to become Camp Leaders in the future.
We also organise several day activities – such as indoor skiing and tobogganing - so that those who have experienced burn injuries can enjoy physical challenges alongside their peers. We also participate in an International Exchange Programme with a Burns Camp in Colorado, USA, to share ideas and improve what we do.
The Camps and training programmes are free for invited children and young people to attend. The costs are funded solely from charitable donations.
Each year, around 750 burn injured children and young people are treated under the care of the Manchester Paediatric Burns Service. Those aged between 4 and 16 are invited to attend the appropriate camps and activities.
We are a team of specially trained volunteers who come from a variety of different health service professions (such as doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, play specialists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists), along with fire fighters and adult burn survivors.
The camps are carefully designed to help children and young people face the challenges of living with a burn injury. These may include:
Name: Ian Melville
Ian has been an operational Fire Fighter for 18 years, currently serving as a Watch Manager at Moss Side, Manchester.
Name: Pete Fitzpatrick
I am currently a crew manager at Manchester Central Fire Station and have worked for the fire service for 21 years; I first got involved with Young Adults Burns camp several years ago
Name: Katrina Keating
Katrina is Burns Research Nurse at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. She has been a camp leader since 2010 and now leads the younger children's camp.
Name: Halima Zubaid
Halima is a staff Nurse on the Burns Unit at the Children's Hospital. I've done Burns Camp twice and loved every minute of it! I also help on day activities.
Name: Tom Gannon
Thomas is a volunteer who is also a burns survivor; having suffered a 40% burn injury when he was just 6 years old. He is keen to support others who face similar challenges and believes attending burns camp as a child himself helped him to build the confidence to thrive as a burns survivor.
It costs around £500 for a child to attend one of our residential Camps. All the camp staff give their time voluntarily so we only pay for the facilities, equipment and for qualified instructors to ensure safety at all times.
We depend on charity donations – whether from a business, fundraising or a personal contribution. Children who attend are not asked to contribute financially; but a lot of the families who know how amazing our camps are have held a fundraising event to say ‘thank you’ and ensure that places at the camp are available for others in the future.
If you’re looking for a local charity to support where you can see directly where the money has gone, we are ideal. You know that 100% of your donation directly provides a life-changing experience.
Each year we have a special Visitors Day at the Camps so you can come along and see for yourself how your donation has been used.
You can download a copy of our Annual Report here.
Tel: 0161 701 8142
Mobile: 07827 848240
Children's Burns Camp is part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Charity (Registered Charity Number 1049274).
Recovering From A Burn Injury
Following a traumatic injury, children and young people can face many physical and psychological challenges. The process of recovery can take a long time – arduous, painful dressing changes and repeated trips to the hospital for further surgery are combined with regular massage regimes and wearing specialist tight-fitting garments for up to three years to help minimise scarring. They also have to adapt to their bodies now looking different, learning to reintegrate into social and family life in a society that often discriminates against disfigured people.
How Burns Camps Help
At Camp, they meet and socialise with young people just like themselves, as well as meeting adult burn survivors and members of the Burn Care Team away from clinical procedures.
So whether they are climbing a cliff face, canoeing across a lake, solving a team challenge, going swimming for the first time since their injury or chatting late into the night, these young people gain far more than a fun summer holiday. They gain confidence and new skills to help them in the years ahead; they gain friendship and support with others who totally understand.