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Our £20k appeal on behalf of ill children halfway there
AN IMPRESSIVE £11,000 has already been raised towards a new children’s Emergency Department at the Great Western Hospital.
Last month the Adver launched an appeal to raise £20,000 through our ‘Making it Better’ appeal, to help buy the little extras which will help put children at ease, including iPads, toys and a refreshment stand. The department cannot afford these items with its NHS budget alone.
Thanks to our appeal, as well as a charity abseil in May and a sponsored cycle ride which takes place today, the GWH has been delighted to have received more than £11,000 – just over half of the target.
Fundraising manager Hannah Persaud said: “Ad hoc donations are coming in from the generous public a lot of the time but very often people are not sending in their name and address, which means we cannot thank them personally, which we would love to do.
“The majority of income so far has come from our abseil in May and the London to Paris cycle ride. We hope that by Christmas we will have raised more than £22,000 for the paediatric area of the emergency department.”
The GWH has also received kind donations of soft toys and other games for children to use, but unfortunately these cannot be used due to infection control regulations.
Hannah said: “We are so grateful for all of the donations, but we cannot accept any toys, clothes or anything like that unfortunately. It is lovely, and very kind of people, but it a waste because we just can’t use them.”
Building work began on the department last month and will include a dedicated children’s unit, as well as a complete redesign of the Emergency Department.
Adver editor Gary Lawrence said he was delighted with the response from members of the public so far.
“When we launched this appeal we had no doubt it would strike a chord with our generous readers, who always dig deep for a good cause,” he said.
“We have been staggered by the reaction so far and are delighted to have raised so much so quickly.
“There is still a long way to go though so we want even more of our readers to donate or organise fundraisers to help us get to £20,000 and really make a difference to the thousands of families who use the A&E at the GWH.”
If you would like to give, visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.
com/GWH-ED-Appeal or text GWED50 with your amount to 70070. People can also claim gift aid at no extra cost.
Alternatively, donate by cheque, make a donation in person at the cashiers office on the ground floor, or email or call the fundraising manager Hannah Persaud to talk about other ways to fundraise on 01793 605631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheques can be made out to Great Western Hospital and sent to Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Department, Trust HQ, Floor 2, Great Western Hospital,Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 6BB.