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Imperium Investments and St George’s Hospital Charity hold fundraiser for children’s services at St George’s

21st November 2019

On Thursday 14 November, St George’s Hospital Charity and Imperium Investments hosted a fundraiser at the House of Commons to raise money for children’s services at St George’s Hospital.

There were around 60 guests in attendance on the evening, including Imperium’s business contacts, actor Chizzy Akudolu from Holby City and Strictly Come Dancing, St George’s Hospital Charity trustees and donors, plus doctors, nurses and staff from St George’s Hospital.

The event raised over £4,800 in pledges on the night, with more expected over the coming weeks. This will go towards the refurbishments of the children’s wards as part of St George’s Hospital Charity Children’s Appeal.

Gemma Phillips, General Manager of Children’s Medicine at St George’s Hospital said:

“We have over 750 dedicated and passionate members of staff who go above and beyond every day with the mission of delivering outstanding care every time. One of the reasons why we’re here today is that we need to do more to promote the incredible, life-saving and quality of life enhancing work we do and to garner support to enable us to complete a much needed refurbishment of our children’s wards and facilities, which unfortunately are rather outdated, and no longer fit for purpose for the delivery of modern healthcare.

Our aim is to ensure that we are able to offer an environment that matches the amazing care, so that we have the look and feel of a modern Children’s hospital, recognising that the environment is critical to our young patient’s experience of being in hospital when they are at their most vulnerable. A modern environment would go a long way towards keeping our young patient’s spirits up, as the dark, dull wards do have an impact on the morale of our patients and their families, particularly those who need to be with us for long time or have a disabilities and complex needs.”

Miles Herne, a young patient talking about his personal experience on the children’s wards at St George’s Hospital said:

“In March 2018, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a satsuma. After my operation, I was meant to be out of hospital in a week but it took me four weeks to wake up. I was treated in PICU (paediatric intensive care), the step down unit and Nicholls ward, which are for 0 – 18 years. There’s obviously quite a big size difference between a 0 and an 18 year old! I didn’t fit into my bed at St George’s and there was no hoist big enough to lift me within the children’s department. The lighting was harsh, which sounds like a small issue but when you’re staring at the ceiling for six weeks you tend to notice these things. There was no climate control, so it was either boiling or freezing in my room and there was no ventilation. Fundraising came from all around me, with people doing sponsored runs, cycles, and headshaves. We raised about £74,000, with money being spent towards vital things that were lacking during my time at St George’s. I’m very grateful to people like you who have donated to the charity, St George’s staff, and Imperium.”

St George’s has a mission to deliver outstanding care, every time. Our staff are excellent, and we’re incredibly proud of the care and commitment they show to our patients – however some of our environments could be substantially improved. Our current children’s wards are not quite what you’d expect for a modern hospital. Hallways can be dark and dull, space is limited for parents, and rooms lack important decoration and distraction tools.

By combining forces and hosting special events such as these, St George’s Hospital Charity wants to make children’s services at St George’s Hospital even better. The Children’s Appeal aims to fund the following:

  • Treatment Room, around £25,000 – these rooms are designed for young patients to have blood tests or treatments away from their bedside, so they don’t associate their bed with pain and discomfort. Treatment rooms provide distractions for patients, with soothing lighting and muted colours.
  • Play Room, around £40,000 – we have four play rooms on our children’s wards, which provide much needed distraction, fun and socialising with other young patients. Having dedicated spaces away from their beds distracts children from their pain and aids their recovery. We aim to have at least one of these spaces for older children to socialise and engage with others their own age

To donate or get involved visit www.stgeorgeshospitalcharity.org.uk, email giving@stgeorges.nhs.uk or call 020 8725 1348.

Dmitry Leus, CEO of Imperium Investments

Dmitry Leus with former St George’s patient Miles Herne and his father Mark

Holby City actress, Chizzy Akudolu






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