The SplashED appeal has raised over £14,000 for the new Paediatric Emergency Department at Derriford Hospital.
The appeal has had many generous supporters who have given up their time and come up with innovative ideas to raise money. Widewell Primary School held a pre-loved book fayre, a Christmas market and held school discos throughout the year, raising a total of £250.
Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Dr Michelle Chopra, completed a sponsored one kilometre swim dressed in a unicorn onesie and raised nearly £300 for the appeal.
Thanks to generous donations including £3,000 from TSB banking, £1,500 from Plymouth Area Builders and Spreaders and creative fundraising efforts from Widewell Primary School, Dr Michelle Chopra, Drake Circus and Bandvulc Tyres, the appeal has now come to a close.
The money will be used to purchase items fun activities and items for children, to help keep them calm and distract them while they wait in the children’s Emergency Department. Among these items, the League of Friends has purchased a ‘Magic Carpet’ which works by projecting interactive games onto a flat surface. Hundreds of different visual stimulus can be programmed into the projector, providing a fun activity for children, whilst keeping the floor space clear.
“We would like to thank so many people for donating to this appeal in such a short period of time,” said Plymouth Hospitals Charity Development Manager, Corinne Bailey.
“Coming into hospital can be a very scary experience for many children so to be able to buy toys and resources that can distract children from their worries and tears is brilliant for everyone involved.
“We will continue to fundraise for the Emergency Department as it is so busy and equipment will need replacing. If you would be interested in fundraising, you can call us on 01752 430332 to find out more. The SplashED appeal and everyone’s support has made a big difference in cheering up the clinical area. Thank you again.”