In two days time, I will be joining the Mayor of Hounslow in throwing myself out of a plane to raise money for the CW+ Sun and Stars Appeal to transform the children’s wards at West Middlesex Hospital.
I am proud to say thanks to everyone’s incredible donations I have already raised over £800. I hope people will consider sponsoring me here.
More about the campaign:
Sun and Stars Appeal
The children’s inpatient wards at West Middlesex Hospital provides care to over 8,000 babies, children and young people every year. This is continuing to increase with a quarter of the local population under 18 years of age.
While the hospital staff on these wards provide excellent care, the environment in which they are treated requires significant improvement.
We want to transform these wards to create a child-friendly, welcoming, calming environment with better facilities and specifically designed to make being in hospital easier for children and their parents.
We need to raise over £100,000 from our local community to transform these wards for our youngest patients.
With your help, we can:
Provide better play facilities
The children and young people seen by the unit range in age from 10 days to 18 years old. We want to extend the play facilities for children of all ages, with interactive sensory equipment, child friendly furniture and access to technology.
Bring entertainment and distraction to the bedside
Currently, there is nothing by the bedsides to entertain or distract children. We want to provide each child with a digital screen, as well as colourful and engaging artwork on walls. Research1 tells us that simple distractions in a hospital setting can reduce anxiety during painful treatments, which is especially important for children.
Create a dedicated area for teenagers
The unit sees at least 20 teenagers each week. We will create a dedicated space for this group of young people, which is designed in consultation with teenagers, to offer access to WiFi, digital screens, games consoles and provide support and information from the local community.
Transform and improve facilities for parents
Every night, at least 18 out of 20 children will have a parent sleeping in a chair by their side. We want to provide better, and more comfortable, sleeping facilities for parents. We also want to create a dedicated space for parents to take time away from the bedside in a ‘home-from-home’ environment with kitchen facilities to help make it a little bit easier to spend extended periods of time at hospital with their children.
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