Huge refurb project gets underway at St Peter's Hospital thanks to a £52,000 grant
Momentum children’s charity is thrilled to have been awarded a £52,000 grant by The Wisley Foundation in partnership with The Lockwood Charitable Foundation, which will enable it to start on an extensive refurbishment project to enhance the healing environment of the Paediatric Unit at St Peter’s Hospital.
Hundreds of children every year are treated in the children’s cancer unit at St Peter’s, some having to spend long periods of time in hospital. Part of the grant has gone towards the recent renovation of an Isolation Cubicle at the hospital which has now been decorated with colourful and cheerful ‘Mo the Owl’ (the charity mascot) designs (pictured above). The remaining funding will enable a complete transformation of the Paediatric Little Oaks Ward, including play area, chill-out zone, treatment area and nurses’ workstation.
Chair of the Wisley Foundation, Morgan Johnson, said: "The Wisley Foundation is wholly funded by the members of the Wisley Golf Club and works exclusively with local Surrey charities. We are delighted to be able to fund, in partnership with the Lockwood Charitable Foundation, this very imaginative and heart warming project."
As part of its Family Support Programme Momentum already provides emotional and practical support to dozens of families at St Peter’s Hospital and in the Chertsey area.
St Peter’s Hospital Paediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Lizzie Sturt, said: “Little Oaks makes a huge difference to paediatric oncology patients treated at St Peter’s. As well as a chemotherapy centre, Little Oaks acts as an escape from Ash ward where the children can be admitted from days to weeks on end. The children can come and freely play and relax indoors and outdoors with their families. A warm, homely, welcoming, reassuring environment reduces anxiety and assists with coping in incredibly difficult times. We cannot thank Momentum and the Wisley Foundation enough for their donations, support and time.”