Norwich was the second city in the country to have a children’s hospital (the first was London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children which opened in 1852).
The Norwich infirmary for sick children admitted its first inpatients just two years later on 3 April 1854 thanks to the generosity and goodwill of Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind (so we will be celebrating our 164th birthday this April).
Opera singer Jenny Lind, dubbed the “Swedish Nightingale”, was one of the best known and most popular entertainers in mid-19th century Europe – you may have seen her feature recently in the hit film ‘The Greatest Showman’ starring Hugh Jackman.
In 1847 she gave her first concerts in Norwich and they proved so popular that a third concert was arranged. The money raised from the Jenny Lind concerts were later earmarked for the purpose of an infirmary for sick children. A public meeting in 1853 unanimously endorsed the idea and in 1854 the hospital opened in Pottergate, Norwich.
In recent years, money raised for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital has helped fund the children’s playground, virtual reality TV and games, a sensory room and many more items.
In recent years, money raised through the hospital charity has helped fund the children’s playground, virtual reality TV and games, a sensory room and many more items.
While the NHS provides the necessities, the charity
funds projects to the hospital experience a better one for our patients, visitors and staff .
Donations to the charity make a difference and we are incredibly grateful for the support we receive.