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Hospital children’s ward appeal hits £200,000 target


Leo’s appeal – the fundraising appeal for the children’s wards – has roared to success this week after meeting its £200,000 target.

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity launched the appeal in September 2013 to raise funds for environmental enhancements and new play equipment for the children’s wards at Milton Keynes Hospital.

The enhancements include artwork throughout the wards, chair beds for parents, play equipment for young patients, a revamped play area and extra special items such as sensory trolleys to help keep patients calm and distracted during their stay.

Head of fundraising Vanessa Holmes said: “Local people have been fantastic at supporting us. We’ve enjoyed hearing about all the challenging, fun and unusual ways that our supporters have found to raise the money. Reaching our target is totally down to their generosity and we couldn’t be more grateful.

“What’s special about Leo’s appeal is that the need came about from patient feedback – and that the money raised is already making a real and tangible difference to the thousands of young patients our staff see each year. Through the appeal we’ll be making the wards even more welcoming, bright and colourful for young patients and their families.”

Matron for paediatrics Kate Swailes said: “We are absolutely over the moon to be in this position. Leo’s Appeal has already funded items for the children’s wards such as an interactive floor projector and fantastic new playroom, and we’re getting so much positive feedback from patients and their families.

“Meeting our target means we can complete the transformation of the wards – including our Milton Mouse unit – over the coming months as well as buy additional specialist equipment. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the appeal! ”

The Milton Keynes Hospital Charity raises funds to enhance the experience of thousands of patients at Milton Keynes Hospital. Fundraisers can support any ward or department they wish. For more information contact head of fundraising Vanessa Holmes on 01908 996220 or email fundraising@mkuh.nhs.uk.