Southampton nurse set for prestigious Pride of Britain Awards

Rosie MitchellA Southampton nurse will discover if she has been named national fundraiser of the year at the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards in London tonight (Monday).

Rosie Mitchell, a nurse in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Southampton Children’s Hospital, is one of 17 regional winners from across the UK making the trip to Grosvenor House.

She received the region’s Meridian West award in September following six nominations in recognition of her dedication to fundraising for critically ill children through the charity Friends of PICU.

Since its launch in 2006, Rosie and her team of volunteers – which range from doctors and nurses on the unit, to patients, families and their friends – have raised a staggering £1.2m towards equipment and facilities.

She has overseen the donation of two £117,000 state-of-the-art ambulances to transport babies and children from across the south of England for specialist care in Southampton, helped to fund better accommodation for parents and is now working on the installation of new hi-tech patient cubicles.

Dr Iain Macintosh, director of PICU and Friends of PICU trustee, said: “Rosie is one of a kind; an amazing nurse, fundraiser and person. I can honestly say that, without her efforts, we would never have achieved all we have for critically ill children in the south of England.”

The fundraiser of the year category will be one of nine awards presented at the ceremony, with others set to recognise teachers, emergency services personnel, community heroes and the child or teenager of bravery.  

The Pride of Britain Awards 2014 will be presented by Carol Vorderman and guests will include leading figures from showbusiness, sport and politics.

Tonight’s event will be broadcast on ITV1 tomorrow evening (Tuesday) at 8pm, with an expected audience of more than five million viewers. For more information on the awards, visit www.prideofbritain.com.

Posted on Monday 6 October 2014