In Belgium some 1 500 to 2 000 people suffer from burns every year and around 400 require specialist treatment in a centre for severe burns. A quarter of these will be children and possibly the most vulnerable.
A new intensive care unit for children suffering severe burns is being built at the Reine Fabiola Hospital for Infants (HUDERF) and being financially supported through an innovative auction of antique dolls.
Behind the charity auction are the shopkeepers of the Tour & Taxis centre who are uniting for a special evening on 27 November . It will take the form of a gala dinner where the high point will be sale to the highest bidder of a number of highly attractive Corolle dolls. The dolls have been specially customised by a series of leading Belgian designers to ensure they are ‘must have’ items at the charity event and guarantee a high price.
The HUDERT is greatly in need of a fully equipped specialist burns unit which can handle additional demands for severely burned children.