Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Paediatric Burns Care Service is the largest specialist burns unit in the country, treating over 400 burn injured children each year.
In a world where people who look different are frequently stigmatised, a burn injury can have a marked long-term effect on a child. As well as enduring years of painful treatment, they must undertake the long process of coming to terms with their scars and rebuilding their self-confidence.
CMFT’s Burns Camps are annual week-long residential camps which aim to help restore a child’s self-esteem and build their confidence through a range of fun and challenging activities in the company of other children with similar injuries.
The camps are carefully designed to help children and young people face the challenges of living with a burn injury. Physically challenging activities such as rock climbing, abseiling and caving help to build self-confidence in what their bodies can still achieve. There are also small group activities to learn effective coping strategies for dealing with difficult situations such as teasing or bullying.
One camp a year is provided for younger children (aged 5-10) and one for older children (aged 11-16). There are also day activities for patients and their siblings. Thanks to supporters like the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People they were able to entirely cover the cost of sending 50 children to this invaluable annual event.