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Special occasion gifts

Heart bride and groomA unique way to mark that special occasion in your life, and support the ward or department that is close to you at Southampton General Hospital or the Princess Anne Hospital.

You may wish to donate to Southampton Hospital Charity as an alternative gift for a birthday, engagement, wedding or anniversary. Or perhaps to mark the birth of a baby, a christening, graduation or retirement. 
Your donation could help us to fund specialist medical equipment as well as enhancing the hospital environment to ensure that the very best care is provided to our patients and their families.

Baby Elizabeth and mum Nana

Nana and Elizabeth's story...

Elizabeth was delivered naturally in Princess Anne Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Southampton; a week to her mum’s birthday, Nana.  She was born too early at 26 weeks and 3 days, with a congenital heart defect (hole in heart). To say thank you to the unit, Nana and Elizabeth asked for money instead of presents for her third birthday. 

“Having a preterm baby is the scariest thing for any parent. I felt so helpless and overwhelmed on many occasions but in many instances I also felt hope. The support of family and friends assured me to hold onto my little bundle of joy. The staff were exceptional and until you find yourself in a place such as NICU it can be difficult to understand. 

I was able to hold and cuddle my baby for the first time when she was a week old, in fact it was my birthday on the day and I will never forget the tears that came pouring down when the staff gave me a birthday card from my baby with her tiny little foot print on it.”

Amelia and Sam Quirke wedding

Sam and Amelia Quirke's story...

Ameila comments: “In May 2014 I was diagnosed with congenital heart disease.  I've always known that I had a heart murmur, and was told it was nothing to worry about, but over the years the unusual blood flow caused a membrane to grow around the opening to my aortic valve. This membrane grew bigger and bigger until it started causing me problems.

I thought I was just unfit. I felt breathless and tired all the time, and would often get dizzy or have chest pains. I had all kinds of tests and examinations until doctors at Southampton General Hospital decided that surgery was our only option. On Friday 21 November 2014 at 2pm I pulled on my sexiest surgical stockings and let Dr Michael Lavrsen stick his hands inside my chest. The surgical team took out the membrane and widened my aorta, and I have the scar to prove it!  

It's stressful enough to plan a wedding when you're healthy - it's another thing to do it when you're recovering from open heart surgery. To celebrate life, love and my survival, we asked our wedding guests to give donations to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and E3 ward in lieu of gifts. I spent five days with some truly amazing healthcare assistants, nurses and doctors, and we raised £900 to repay them for all of their hard work and compassion."


Wedding favour

For a nominal donation, we can also provide wedding favours on white card which are personalised for your wedding. This donation is in lieu of the traditional wedding favours, such as sugar almonds. If you are thinking about this, please do contact the charity team on 023 8120 8881 so we can discuss this further. 

Southampton Hospital Charity will use your Special Occasion Gift in the area of greatest need. If you would prefer your gift to benefit a particular area of the hospital please let us know so that we can ensure that the donation is directed appropriately.

Call 023 8120 8881 to talk to us about marking a special occasion with a gift to Southampton Hospital Charity or post your donations to us at:
Southampton Hospital Charity
Mailpoint 135
Southampton General Hospital
SO16 6YD
Please remember to include your name and contact details so that we can write to thank you for your donation.