SUN AND STARS APPEAL
In September 2017, we launched our £150,000 Sun and Stars Appeal to transform the children’s inpatient wards at West Middlesex University Hospital. These wards provide care to over 8,000 babies, children and young people every year. While the hospital staff on these wards provide excellent care, the environment in which they are treated required significant improvement.
The children’s inpatient wards at West Middlesex University Hospital provide care to over 8,000 babies, children and young people every year. This is continuing to increase with a quarter of the local population under 18 years of age.
While the hospital staff on these wards provide excellent care, the environment in which they are treated requires significant improvement.
We are transforming these wards to create a child-friendly, welcoming, calming environment with better facilities, specifically designed to make being in hospital easier for children and their parents. Improvements include installing a dedicated teenagers’ space, a new play room, a ‘home-from-home’ parents’ area, entertainment equipment and technology at every bedside, and bespoke artwork throughout.
We need to raise £150,000 from our local community to transform these wards for our youngest patients. So far we have raised over £100,000 from generous supporters.
SEGA Teenage Space
We have already created a new dedicated space for teenagers to enjoy during their hospital stay. Thanks to the generosity of local company SEGA®, the previous small, outdated area has been replaced with a bespoke room, designed by CW+ and teenage patients. Classic SEGA® characters adorn the walls, and teenagers can relax on bean bags in the chill-out area. We have also created a retro gaming station and provided a selection of board games and books to help create a cheerful and enjoyable space for teenage patients. Read about the launch here.
Young patients, their families and staff were central to the design process of the new playroom. We commissioned specialist indoor play manufacturers Tigerplay to transform the room with a focus on traditional play such as cards, trucks, a playhouse and kitchen toys. The new playroom has been transformed into a bright, fun and welcoming environment equipped with activities and toys suitable for all young patients. There is a sensory area, vital to support children with additional needs such as autism and epilepsy, as well as bespoke sensory lighting and equipment which can be adjusted to provide a calming environment. Read more about the launch here.
Support from the Mayor of Hounslow
We were delighted to have been chosen by the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Samia Chaudhary as one of her chosen charities for 2018/19. Over the last year, Samia has gathered together friends and colleagues to drum up significant support for our Sun and Stars Appeal. Through skydives, bake sales and community events, Samia and the team have raised tens of thousands to support the children’s wards at West Middlesex University Hospital. Keep your eyes peeled for the fundraising total!
As part of the appeal, we have commissioned London graphic artist Supermundane to create bespoke artwork to transform the children’s inpatient ward at West Middlesex University Hospital. Supermundane, also known as Rob Lowe is working closely with young patients, their families and staff at the hospital to design and create bespoke wall artwork, signage and colour schemes, which will be installed throughout the ward, creating a fun environment for children being treated in the hospital.
Thanks to the generosity of our local community, we have already raised more than £100,000 towards the Sun and Stars Appeal but we still need you to help us reach our final target. To get involved or for more information contact Gemma Brown on firstname.lastname@example.org