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.
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 playroom, a ‘home-from-home’ parents’ area, entertainment equipment and technology at every bedside, and bespoke artwork throughout.
With the generous support of our local community, we have successfully raised over £150,000 to transform the children’s wards. So far, we have installed the SEGA Teenage Space, the Tigerplay Playroom and we are currently installing a commission by graphic artist Supermundane throughout the ward. With the success of this appeal, we are now launching phase two of this project which will focus on transforming the children’s outpatient department. We need to raise a further £50,000 to support the new transformations in the children’s outpatient clinic.
SEGA Teenage Space
We have created a new dedicated space for teenagers to enjoy during their hospital stay. Thanks to the generosity of local company SEGA®, the previously small, outdated area has been replaced with a bespoke room, designed by CW+ and teenage patients.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. Samia gathered together friends and colleagues to drum up significant support for our Sun and Stars Appeal. Through skydives, bake sales and community events, her team raised tens of thousands to support the children’s wards at West Middlesex University Hospital. Samia successfully raised over £74,000 during her time as Mayor of Hounslow.
As part of the appeal, we 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, has worked closely with young patients, their families and staff at the hospital to design and create bespoke wall artwork, signage and colour schemes, which are currently being installed throughout the ward, creating a fun environment for children being treated in the hospital.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have already raised more than £150,000 to support the Sun and Stars Appeal but we still need you to help us reach our new target of £50,000 to transform the children’s outpatient clinic into a fun, bright and welcoming space. To get involved or for more information contact Gemma Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org