On Friday 9 March, Southampton Hospital Charity will be celebrating our tenth birthday.
We work closely with our local community to support areas of the hospital service that lie beyond the scope of NHS funding to enhance the care and treatment of patients at University Hospital Southampton. Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity is part of Southampton Hospital Charity, and has shared in the success of the charity as a whole.
Suzie Simmons, Head of Fundraising, comments: “Southampton Hospital Charity officially started on 10 November 1995, but successfully re-launched on 11 March 2008. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and now raises over £3.1 million a year.”
“Over the last ten years, we have raised over £21 million for the benefit of our patients. We want to thank all of our donors and our staff for their support – we could not have done all that we have without you.”
To get involved in one of our events specifically for any of the Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity funds, go to www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org/events to sign up.
- 15 April – Brighton marathon
- 22 April – ABP Southampton 10k, half and full marathon
- May – ‘Dine at Mine’ dinner parties
- 13 May – Romsey relay race
- 16-20 May – London to Paris bike ride
- September – Write your will month
- 16 September – London to Brighton bike ride
- 21 October – Great South Run
- We also have a number of UK-based or overseas treks for 2018-19.
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Ten years on…
Southampton Hospital Charity funds specialist equipment, ward refurbishments and improvements, support for our patients, family and staff, and pioneering research.
Piam Brown ward refurbishment
Our Piam Brown children’s cancer ward recently had a £1.4 million renovation. The £550,000 charity funded transformation allowed for the creation of an additional two bed bay, a re-modelled and separate day entrance, private rooms for patients, pull down beds for parents, and a new parent’s kitchen amongst many other changes.
Support for our neonatal intensive care unit
£120,000 was raised to renovate part of the neonatal intensive care unit to improve the parental accommodation for those parents and families with children in the neonatal unit. It is often a worrying time for new mothers to be away from their babies when they need some time to themselves and all important sleep. The two family rooms, updated lounge and shower facilities are just what Princess Anne Hospital needed to help improve the experience of those needing to be with their babies.
Pioneering cancer research
The cancer unit at Southampton is one of only 12 regional cancer centres in the UK, serving a population of around 1.7 million people. We are developing as a global centre of excellence and are treating more and more patients from outside the Wessex area. We have help partially and fully fund pioneering research projects across all areas of the hospital, including buying a multi-gas incubator for experimental cancer research.
The last ten years have been really exciting, and we can’t wait to see what we can achieve in the next few years.