Barclays Premier League Trophy to help hospital unit reach its fundraising goal
A visit from the Barclays Premier League Trophy will kick off a number of fundraising activities at Southampton General Hospital this month to boost funds for the acute medical unit (AMU).
The trophy will visit Southampton General Hospital on Monday, 17 June from 9am to 5pm and will be on display in the main entrance reception area to help the AMU team launch their acute medical awareness day and raise funds for the unit.
Sarah Olley is the matron for AMU and has helped to organise event. She said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the trophy will be coming to the hospital and have no doubts it will attract a lot of interest.”
She added: “Visitors will be able to have their photos taken next to the trophy in exchange for a small donation to the unit and there are also lots of other activities planned for the day, including raffles, a cake sale and a sponsored static cycle.”
AMU is the first point of entry for patients referred to the hospital as emergencies by their GP and for those admitted from the emergency department. In most cases, patients are quite seriously ill and need urgent medical treatment, which can be a frightening time for both patients and their relatives.
For this reason, the staff on the unit decided to fundraise £3,000 to help fund a new day room for patients and their families.
Sarah continued: “Because many patients need serious medical treatment, we think it is really important to provide their families with somewhere peaceful and comfortable.
“All the money we raise on acute medical awareness day will be used to fund this new space and Barclays have offered to match pound for pound whatever we raise.”
If you would like more information about acute medicine, or visiting the hospital on acute medical awareness contact Southampton Hospital Charity on 023 8120 8881.
Last updated: 13/6/13