Hospital charity celebrates 10th birthday and £21 million milestone

SCH 10 birthday

Southampton Hospital Charity will be celebrating its 10th birthday on Friday, (9 March). 

The charity works closely with the local community to support services at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust by funding specialist equipment, ward refurbishments and improvements, supporting patients, family and staff and pioneering research.

Suzie Simmons, head of fundraising, said: “Since the charity was re-launched in 2008, it has gone from strength to strength – now raising more than £4.1 million a year.

“Over the last 10 years, we have raised more than £21 million for the benefit of our patients and we want to thank all of our donors and staff for their support – we could not have done it without you.”

See some of the highlights of the last 10 years below:

Biometer imaging unit

Southampton General Hospital’s eye unit is the leading provider of eye care services on the south coast. As one of the trust’s largest departments, the unit deals with around 90,000 patients annually through its eye emergencies, outpatients and inpatients and surgery departments. The biometer imaging unit monitors the visual function and structure of the eye at a cost of £34,000. 

Piam Brown ward refurbishment

The Piam Brown children’s cancer ward recently had a £1.4 million renovation. The £550,000 charity-funded transformation allowed for the creation of an additional two-bed bay, a re-modelled and separate day entrance, private rooms for patients, pull down beds for parents, and a new parents’ kitchen among many other changes. 

Support for our neonatal intensive care unit

A total of £120,000 was raised to renovate part of the neonatal intensive care unit to improve the parental accommodation for those parents and families with children in the neonatal unit. It is often a worrying time for new mothers to be away from their babies when they need some time to themselves and all important sleep. The two family rooms, updated lounge and shower facilities are just what Princess Anne Hospital needed to help improve the experience of those needing to be with their babies.

Pioneering cancer research

The oncology unit at Southampton is one of only 12 regional cancer centres in the UK, serving a population of around 1.7 million people. It is a global centre of excellence and treats patients from across the country. The charity has helped to partially and fully fund pioneering research projects across all areas of the hospital, including buying a multi-gas incubator for experimental cancer research.

Call us on 023 8120 8881, email us on charity@uhs.nhs.uk, or visit www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org to find out more about the charity.

Posted on Thursday 8 March 2018