Paediatric Respiratory Consultant and grateful father of twins to take on RideLondon 2022 for St George’s

27 May 2022
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Peter and Richard are riding side-by-side in RideLondon to raise funds for the St George’s £5m Children’s Appeal- Time for a Change, which is seeking to expand our PICU and transform our children’s wards.

Sunday 29 May marks the return of RideLondon, a 100-mile event back with a brand-new route exploring some of the most picturesque parts of Essex. Around 25,000 people are expected to take part in the RideLondon event and two of these riders are proudly doing it for St George’s.

Paediatric Respiratory Consultant, Richard Chavasse, and very grateful father of twins, Peter Kittle will be cycling together in their quest to conquer this mighty challenge. The pair will also be raising much-needed funds for St George’s Hospital Charity’s brand-new children’s appeal, Time for a Change.

In 2015 Peter and his wife, Hannah, welcomed beautiful twins Florence and Darcy into the world. A few weeks later, Peter recalls Darcy inks catching the common cold which quickly escalated to Bronchiolitis and a visit to the out of hours doctor.

Reluctant to send 2-week-old Darcy home, a Paediatric doctor at Southend Hospital A&E department was immediately consulted as Darcy began to turn blue due to lack of oxygen. She was immediately put on a ventilator.

The new-borns were separated, and Darcy was rushed to St George’s Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU) where she was placed in a drug induced coma and ventilator for five days before moving to a step-down ward. Now, seven years later, Florence  and Darcy are the best of friends thanks to the life-saving Paediatric Teams here at St George’s.

Richard said: “I support children who require long-term breathing support (ventilation) either whilst their underlying health conditions improve or to support children with complex needs gain a better quality of life and get them home. However, to reach discharge, it can take several months in hospital in a high dependency unit or intensive care. It will be better to have a dedicated unit providing a more homely environment, giving patients and their families the space to develop, heal and learn new skills. A home from home.”

The two men decided to take on RideLondon to raise money for Time for a Change, our £5m children’s appeal that’s seeking to expand our PICU and transform our children’s wards.

Together we can:

  • Increase our PICU by a third
  • Transform our wards into bright and welcoming spaces, a home away from home for our children and their families and for those who need longer term breathing and medical interventions
  • Create better facilities for our staff who work so tirelessly to provide our outstanding care.

Richard continued:

“I’m a fervent supporter of the quality of work undertaken by Children’s Services at St George’s Hospital but the environment that we have is not child-friendly or welcoming and certainly does not support recovery.”

Peter has already run the London Landmarks Half Marathon this year, raising funds for the children’s appeal. He has nothing but praise for our Paediatric Staff as (according to him) they not only deliver but excel despite this challenging environment.

Peter said: “I witnessed the awesome care and compassion being delivered by staff in the unit for each child in their care. They treated parents the same. In an emergency, they would drop everything for whoever was most in need. They would then return to their original task with complete care and attention. It was awe inspiring to see.”

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