Patients, staff and visitors are calling for community superheroes to come forward and boost the fundraising appeal for a new children’s emergency and trauma department in Southampton.
They have teamed up with regional radio station Wave 105’s Cash for Kids project to host a ‘superhero day’ on Thursday (3 May) and want schools, colleges and businesses to join them by holding themed events and activities with friends, colleagues and listeners being urged to donate.
The event will see patients and staff at Southampton Children’s Hospital don masks, costumes and props associated with their favourite characters with interview clips recorded on the wards set to be aired on the station throughout the day.
In addition, various clinicians, patients and their families will be based in the Wave studio as the event looks to raise funds to contribute towards the overall build as well as purchase two interactive play screens.
The state-of-the-art department, which will cost £5.1 million, is expected to see more than 30,000 youngsters every year from across the south of England and will include an eight-bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and soundproof cubicles and on-hand x-ray facilities.
To fund the project, Southampton Hospital Charity has partnered with The Murray Parish Trust (TMPT), a charity formed by actress Sarah Parish and her actor husband James Murray in memory of their late daughter Ella-Jayne, to raise £2 million.
The fundraising total – which currently stands at £1.1 million – will be matched by the government once the total is met and a further £1.1 million allocated by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
As part of the day, Dr Jason Barling, a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine and director of Southampton Children’s Hospital, and eight colleagues will mark the preparations for their colossal Jersey to Southampton row – J2S – with a static row for 10 hours aiming to cover the 200km journey.
This will take place in the main entrance of Southampton General Hospital where there will also be an opportunity to see the boat being used for the row on 9 June. The event, which is being supported by Langstone Rowing Club and Olympic bronze medallist and European champion James Foad, aims to raise £100,000 for the appeal.
Charlotte Otter, major donor fundraising officer at Southampton Hospital Charity, said: “We are so grateful to Wave 105 FM for backing our appeal with such an innovative idea and there is no better way than to mark the work of our fantastic doctors and nurses than by using a superhero-themed event.
Samantha Tanner, charity manager for Wave 105 Cash for Kids, said: “If you have always wanted to be a superhero now is your chance to shine.
“By donating the cost of your morning coffee or your special treat chocolate bar you could help, every penny adds up and together we can reach this sum and make it happen.
“This is a big shout out to schools, colleges, and universities across the area, businesses or workforces, to dust off your superhero cloaks and get involved.”
Sam added; “Every ‘superhero’ who signs up will get a free fundraising pack in advance of the day to support with ideas and information about the day itself.”
Anyone involved with an event or who would like to make a direct donation to the cause can do so at www.wave105.com/superhero, make a £5 donation by text – WAVE to 70808 or by cheque to ‘Wave 105 Cash for Kids’ at Wave 105, 5 Manor Court, Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth East, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 5TH.
To find out more about the children’s emergency and trauma department appeal visit www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org/appeals.