Singer Jimmy Osmond has launched the Children’s Miracle Network in the UK. The charity was co-founded by the Osmond family and John Schneider over 25 years ago. Its UK arm aims to help children’s hospitals raise funds and public awareness of the work they do in improving the health of children.
Children’s Miracle Network offers helps children’s hospitals raise funds through partnerships with companies, radio and television stations and volunteer organisations.
The charity facilitates three-day radiothons with local radio stations, designed to engage the community in a fundraising campaign for the local children’s hospital. It has already raised over one million pounds for children’s hospitals in Bristol, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as Cork and Dublin.
Financial services organisation Foresters is the founding sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network UK, and will provide financial support for CMN’s UK radiothons. As a result all income raised "will go directly to the children’s hospitals".
Jimmy Osmond said: “The Osmond Family and John Schneider set up Children’s Miracle Network more than 25 years ago with the dream of helping children in hospitals throughout the world. With our expansion into the UK, funded by our UK founding sponsor Foresters, we are another step closer to seeing that dream become a reality – helping support the fantastic work of children’s hospitals in the UK in providing the best possible care, equipment, research and preventative education for children.”
Children’s Miracle Network currently works with 170 children’s hospitals in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United States. To date, its programmes and partnerships have raised almost $4 billion. Last year in North America alone it raised more than £100 million.