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The Children’s Hospital Charity Chosen as the New MTA President’s Charity 

MTA President’s Charity 

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) traditionally support two charities during the  year and for the first time, the President’s Charity has been chosen as the Children’s Hospital  Charity, supporting Sheffield Children’s Hospital to provide world-class care to children from all over  the world. 

One of three standalone children’s hospital in the UK, Sheffield Children’s Hospital provides world class care to 260,000 children who rely on it each year. The charity, chosen by MTA President Tony  Bowkett, works to enhance Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and its reputation as a world renowned centre of excellence for the care, prevention and cure of illness in children. 

The Children’s Hospital Charity recently announced an appeal to raise £2million towards the build of  a new £20million world-class research and technology centre – the National Centre for Child Health  Technology (NCCHT).  

Plans for the NCCHT include workshops and clinical spaces, with work focusing on developing  technologies to address key national strategic priorities in child health including prevention and  health inequalities, children’s mental health, obesity, long term conditions, children’s cancer, and  children’s disability. 

The new 42,000 square foot facility will incorporate the Creativity and Manufacturing Zone,  designed to develop the most advanced child health technologies in the world. In addition, the  Advanced Rehabilitation Centre will become a centre for immersive technologies and robotics, a  state-of-the-art test bed facility for rapid technology assessment in real-word settings. 

The Centre will accelerate the research, development and evaluation of child health technologies,  joining an impressive portfolio of health and wellbeing research facilities at Sheffield Olympic Legacy  Park. 

Commenting on his choice, Tony Bowkett said; “Sheffield Children’s Hospital is an inspiring place,  helping to change children’s lives every day. The Children’s Hospital Charity works hard to raise  money to fund research into children’s illnesses while providing specialist medical equipment and  new facilities to extend the range of treatment being provided. I am delighted that money raised at  MTA events this year will go towards supporting pioneering, ground-breaking medical treatment and  creating a comfortable and engaging environment for patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and  the NCCHT.” 

The MTA continue to support Mission Motorsport as their second nominated charity running  alongside The Presidents Charity for a two-year period. Both charities will be promoted at all MTA  events including the AGM, Forecasting Seminars, the Annual Dinner and at the forthcoming MACH  exhibition, taking place from 15-19 April 2024 at the NEC, Birmingham. 


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