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New city mayor makes children’s ED appeal charity of year

The new mayor of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, has chosen the city’s children’s emergency and trauma department appeal as one of his charities of the year.

 

The £4.8 million project, being led by Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity and The Murray Parish Trust, will see the development of a dedicated facility for young patients at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

 

The new state-of-the-art unit, which will include an eight-bed observation area, 11 glass-fronted and sound proof cubicles and on-hand x-ray equipment, is expected to see more than 30,000 children every year from southern England and the Channel Islands.

 

It will be funded through £2 million raised by Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity and The Murray Parish Trust which will be matched by the government and a further £800,000 allocated by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Last month, fundraisers reached the £1 million milestone by hitting the £500,000 mark to trigger the first government instalment of £500,000.

 

Dr Jason Barling, clinical lead for Southampton Children's Hospital, said: "We are absolutely delighted and extremely grateful Cllr Harris has chosen our children's emergency and trauma department appeal as one of his chosen charities.

 

"It is a fantastic project led jointly by Southampton Children's Hospital Charity and The Murray Parish Trust which will enable us to continue to provide high quality clinical care within a world-class facility."

 

Following the mayor making ceremony held earlier today, Cllr Harris signed the campaign’s “autograph bus”, a partnership with local bus firm Xelabus which enables prominent figures from across Hampshire to add their signature as it travels on routes through Eastleigh and Southampton.

 

There are many ways you can get involved, either by making a donation, fundraising for an event or becoming part of our #CETD100Club. For more information visit Southampton Hospital Charity appeals.




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