An appeal to raise £2 million for the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital is looking for runners to join its team at the Vitality London 10,000. The More Smiles Appeal is putting together a team for the 10k race which takes place in Central London on 30 May and includes sights of some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
The More Smiles Appeal, led by Imperial College Healthcare Charity and COSMIC charity, is looking to raise at least £2 million towards a £10 million project to create a bigger, state-of-the-art facility at the hospital in Paddington.
Josephine Watterson, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: "It’s such a great event to be part of; the 10k distance means it’s suitable for everyone and the atmosphere is amazing. We would love people to be part of our team to help treat more critically ill children and with their support we can save even more lives."
Every year, around 400 patients are cared for in the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s but it also turns away hundreds more critically ill children because it does not have enough beds. This means children sometimes have to travel as far afield as Birmingham for treatment. In 2014, the unit had to turn away 233 children, more than half the number admitted.
The redeveloped unit will have 15 beds, almost doubling the current number, allowing more than 200 extra children to be cared for each year. There will also be new equipment, a dedicated parents’ room and a private room allowing space for doctors and nurses to provide emotional support and care to families whose children are very seriously ill.
Dr Simon Nadel, Children’s Intensive Care Unit consultant and clinical lead, said: “We are excited at the prospect of being able to give our exceptional care to even more children. We will be able to save more lives and give better care to more critically ill children and their families. However, we cannot do this without support.”
Registration to run for the More Smiles Appeal is free and there is a minimum fundraising target of £200.
To find out more about running the Vitality London 10,000 for the More Smiles Appeal, click here or call 0203 312 6175.