Chancellor agrees £2 million investment in children's Emergency Department
Say Yes George campaign results in £2 million match funding for Southampton’s new Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department.
In January 2016, Southampton Hospital Charity and charity partners The Murray Parish Trust led a campaign to lobby the government for £2 million worth of vital match funding that would allow the hospital to give the green light on a major appeal to build a brand new Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department to serve central southern England and the Channel Islands.
The campaign was spearheaded by Winchester and Romsey MP Steve Brine, who said: “I worked closely with The Murray Parish Trust and Southampton Hospital Charity to make a successful case for this guaranteed match funding.
“This fantastic venture will offer much needed coverage across the South of England, in time becoming an important part of the regional economy. It will play a crucial step in re-balancing paediatric emergency departments across the entire country.”
Backed by other local MPs, the Daily Echo, celebrities and the community, we were delighted to find out we had succeeded in persuading Chancellor George Osborne to award us £2million in the 2016 Budget.
Speaking of the news, Jeneen Thomsen Head of Major Gifts at Southampton Hospital Charity said: “The match funding promise from the Government will finally allow us to make this critical ambition a reality.
“The new department will totally transform the experience of young patients who find themselves in situations of emergency and trauma.
“If it were not for the backing of the Government, this appeal would not be possible. We would like to thank everyone who supported the pledge and to the Chancellor for allowing this to happen.”
Southampton Hospital Charity and The Murray Parish Trust are now working in partnership to raise the remaining £2million by June 2018.