Brand-new Time for a Change Champion Fundraiser launched

25 May 2022
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St George’s Hospital Charity launches the brand-new Time for a Change Champion Fundraiser initiative as part of its £5m children’s appeal.

The Charity is calling on the wider community to get involved and sign up to help transform the children’s wards, expand its paediatric intensive care unit and improve the facilities for parents and staff.

Dr Sijo Francis, Clinical Director Children’s Services at St George’s Hospital commented:

“When faced with the most serious illnesses and trauma, parents and families turn to St George’s to make their child well again. Our clinical care is outstanding, delivered by committed and compassionate teams. But sadly, our facilities are not. Built in the 70s, our wards are tired, cramped and uninviting. Lacking space, our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is unable to treat the number of children who need its world-class care. In desperate need of space, our staff have given up their changing facilities and staff rooms to make way for more beds.

“This is not sustainable. It isn’t right. It’s time for a change. We need our community’s help to raise the £5m needed to transform children’s services at St George’s Hospital. Together we could increase our PICU by a third, so no child could be turned away; transform the children’s wards into bright and welcoming spaces, for children and their families to deal with the trauma they have to face; and create better facilities for our staff who work so tirelessly to provide our outstanding care. But we can’t do this alone.”

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The Time for a Change appeal was launched publicly on Saturday 14 May with a special charity football match and an exclusive gala dinner with, and at, AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Lane Stadium. The full day’s activity saw the charity and football club raise over £300,000 for the children’s appeal.

Time for a Change Champions pledge to raise or give £5,000 towards the appeal total of £5m and St George’s Hospital Charity is seeking to recruit at least 100 Champions. Anyone can become a Champion – they can join on their own or as part of a community group, company or school. They will be accompanied by 99 other champions who are committed to achieving something incredible – a better St George’s Hospital for the children, their families and the staff.

To become a Champion, people need to commit to:

·       Giving now – give £5,000 or more to the appeal, or

·       Giving later – pledge to give £5,000 by April 2023, or

·       Fundraising – raise their £5,000 throughout the year.

When people pledge to become a Time for a Change Champion, they will be given personalised 1 on 1 support from the Charity’s dedicated fundraising team. They will also have the chance to meet other champions, attend exclusive events, be featured on the Charity’s website and so much more. Once officially pledged, fundraisers will receive an exclusive welcome pack with everything they need to get started on their journey to raising or giving £5,000.

Amerjit Chohan, Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital Charity said:

“We’re delighted to launch our new Champions Programme as part of the Time for a Change appeal, for fundraisers who enjoy a challenge, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover to reach our target of £5 million. Champion fundraisers pledge to raise or donate at least £5,000 and we’ve got a fantastic team who will support each of the champion fundraisers in reaching their target. Please do get in touch with them if you’re ready to take on the challenge.

“The launch event was a great success and our sincerest thanks to AFC Wimbledon for partnering with us and for hosting our launch events. It was wonderful to see the Club’s fans, supporters and stakeholders getting behind our appeal, Time for a Change. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to raising the much-needed funds for our appeal. With everyone’s help we can ensure that the children in our care have the space and environment they deserve.

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