Clubbing together to help Kingston children’s charity
A Kingston club has made a £5,000 donation to Momentum children’s charity to buy specialist equipment to help sick children at Kingston Hospital.
The Hippodrome presented the grant to the Kingston charity, which supports children with cancer and life-limiting illnesses, to use the funds for a portable high-dependency monitor unit at the hospital.
Ian Hamilton, manager of the St James’s Road venue, said: “The donation is from our company’s Echo Trust charity to give something back to our local community. We hold regular collections at the club and our customers are always generous. We nominated Momentum to benefit because of the valued work it does.”
Kingston Hospital’s Paediatric Senior Sister Hind Thomas said: “We are very grateful to The Hippodrome and the Echo Trust for this generous grant which has enabled us to purchase this new monitor. It will mean children can be constantly monitored in any bed within the ward, and the child can also be moved into an ambulance, should they need to be transferred in an emergency, whilst their heart rate, oxygen levels and other vital information is being monitored.”
Momentum’s co-founder Bianca Effemey said: “The families we support will make regular visits to hospital with their children, who may require intensive care. We want to ensure that there is the appropriate equipment there to give them the best possible chance of recovery.”
Momentum supports 250 families at any one time during times of unimaginable strain and stress. It offers practical and emotional support through its family support programme; provides holidays, trips and treats to help during the stress of treatment; and implements projects within hospitals to help enhance the healing environment.
The Hippodrome is part of The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of late night bars and clubs, which employs 3000 people across its 59 venues,
Since 2002 when Deltic set up the Echo Trust it has raised more than £2.5 million to grant awards to local children’s charities.