Kensington Mums was delighted to attend special brunch for Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity, for a presentation by the charity together with Merci Maman jewellers who we had speaking at our past Mother’s day event. It was a great event to help raise awareness of the charity. Pastries, fruit and coffee were followed by a presentation by charity manager Rebecca McLoughlin, who showed a short film about the charity. Then Charity Ambassador Harriet Kempton, mum of six-year old Alfie who was treated at the hospital for leukaemia, spoke movingly about her experiences. The event culminated in a tour of the children’s wards. Every goody bag included a teddy bear and a beautiful, hand-engraved necklace provided by our charity partner Merci Maman.
Today we would like to share with you how you can be involved and help support Chelsea Children’s Hospital charity.
About Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity
We are Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity and we support children and their families at Chelsea Children’s Hospital and West Middlesex Hospital, which are part of the same NHS trust. Together, the two hospitals care for 160,000 children every year, making it one of the biggest and most specialised centres for children’s medicine in London.
The charity has been operating since 1981 and it is currently chaired by one of the top paediatric surgeons in the UK, Munther Haddad. The board is staffed by medical experts and the charity managed by Rebecca McLoughlin, supported by Becky Hersey, who are both parents of past patients.
What they do
We fund urgently needed surgical and medical equipment and provide services which wouldn’t otherwise be available, from infrared ‘vein finders’ which make blood tests less painful, to a million-pound surgical robot named Pluto, the first children’s surgical robot in the UK.
At the cutting edge of technology, Pluto enables surgeons to operate on babies and children with more precision, leading to less scarring and quicker recovery. We are still raising money for Pluto’s instruments, which have to be replaced every 20 uses at a cost of £12,000 each time.
We also organise the children’s Christmas party at Chelsea and Westminster. Previous guests include pop band Union J and Olympic athletes.
Thanks to our generous charity partners, we can help even more families. Our current partners are Merci Maman Gifts, Fulham Cricket Club and Thomas’s School in Fulham.
We are always keen to work with the local community especially as this is the local hospital for so many families, whether it’s via A&E, maternity, the neonatal unit or the children’s wards. We’re very grateful to the local shops, cafes, businesses, schools and nurseries which help us to raise money.
Ways to fundraise
- Overnight beds for parents Space on the children’s wards is very cramped which makes it difficult for parents to sleep next to their child overnight. We would like to purchase 8 fold-down overnight beds.
- Toiletry packs for parents When children are admitted to hospital in an emergency, a parent will often arrive with nothing to equip them for an overnight stay. These toiletry packs provide parents with basics like shampoo, deodorant and toothbrushes to get them through the first night.
- Specialist machine to help in the diagnosis of epilepsy in children The ‘Video Ambulatory EEG System’ provides quicker and more accurate diagnosis. It is discreet and can monitor the child while at home and during normal activities.
- Equipment to provide enhanced monitoring of diabetes in children ‘Diasend’ is a device that is able to download data from any glucose meter or insulin pump device and then analyse it in a very useful and intuitive way for clinicians and parents alike.
Our brilliant fundraisers include hospital staff, families of children who have been treated here, and even our young patients themselves.
- Consultant Paediatric Surgeon Will Sherwood ran the London Marathon, raising more than £1,000 for every mile. His fundraising was given a boost by Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, who wrote before the race about how Mr Sherwood saved her newborn son. “Will was the first person to say no, he wasn’t going to die, because he was going to operate on him later that day.”
- Sonali and Harry Boyle tragically lost their premature baby at 12 days old. In honour of baby Rahul, Sonali, Harry and their friends and family undertook an incredible series of challenges, from marathon running to mountain climbing. They raised the astounding sum of £100,000, with £50,000 going to our NICU, and £50,000 to a NICU in India.
- Our youngest-ever fundraiser, 3 year-old patient Mason Hicks, swam widths of his local pool aided by his trusty armbands. “We are so grateful for the support we have received at Chelsea. From the cardio ward to the children’s wards, to the Neonatal Unit, Intensive Care Unit and the surgical team, we can’t thank them enough for all they have done,” says mum Megan. “Mason did his challenge in a 25 metre pool and managed an outstanding total of 14 widths! To say I am proud is an understatement.”
To find out more
Email us [email protected]
Phone us 020 3315 8956
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