Launch of new Southampton Children's Hospital Charity
Southampton Hospital Charity is thrilled to announce the official launch of the new Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity on Monday 31st October 2016.
The child health focused charity has been formed in response to the overwhelming support we have received from the local community and further afield and their desire for a dedicated charity focusing on raising funds for our paediatric services and care. As one of the largest acute hospitals in the South, we are renowned for our exceptional neonatal and paediatric intensive care units, maternity services and cardiac care amongst others.
The support for a dedicated children’s charity has recently become clear following the exceptional level of public backing for the charity’s latest appeal which has seen £550,000 being raised for the refurbishment of the Piam Brown specialist children’s cancer ward at University Hospital Southampton.
Speaking of the new children’s charity Dr Peter Wilson, consultant in paediatric intensive care and director of Southampton Children’s Hospital, said: “We are incredibly excited to launch Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity to the community.”
“Through this vital funding we will be able to create a holistic “hospital without walls” that offers patients world-class support and care as close to home as possible by harnessing cutting edge technology, innovation and infrastructure.”
“The first major appeal falling under Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity will be the development of a specialised, state of the art new children’s emergency and trauma department at University Hospital Southampton.”
“The new charity will also allow us to take a huge step towards our long-term ambition to build a dedicated children’s hospital in Southampton and creates a fantastic opportunity for patients and the public to get involved with their health services.”
To coincide with the official launch of the charity on 31 October Shelina Permalloo, 2012 winner of BBC's MasterChef, author and restaurant owner or the recently opened Lakaz Maman Mauritian Street Kitchen in Bedford Place, will be visiting some of our youngest patients.
Shelina, Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity’s first Charity Champion, said: “Last year I was introduced to Southampton Children's Hospital when my nephew was unwell and needed a small operation. I sat in the waiting room and was made to feel so comfortable and looked after by the hospital’s wonderful staff. It was at that moment I knew I wanted to get involved to help raise funds for this fantastic hospital.”
“Being a local girl from Southampton I really want to work with a local charity and being a family woman working for the sake of children who need services like this is something I am passionate about. I will be working with the charity on a range of creative fundraising initiatives as well as in-house promotions at my restaurant where we will help to raise funds for the Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity.”
During her visit to Southampton Children’s Hospital on 31 October, Shelina will be talking to the children about their favourite food and the fond memories associated with these dishes. She will also speak to parents and patients about healthy eating and cooking with plans to promote a parents’ healthy and “quick” cooking event following the launch aimed at meals you can cook with limited space, such as on our hospital ward kitchens.
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