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Saints heroes sign up for new appeal

 Two Saints favourites have come together to support the development of Southampton’s new children’s emergency and trauma department.

James Ward-Prowse and Sam McQueen have backed Southampton Hospital Charity’s campaign to fundraise £2 million to build the state of the art centre at Southampton Children’s Hospital. 
The stars have left their famous inscriptions on the charity’s “autograph bus”, a collaboration with local company Xelabus which involved the bus making a series of VIP stops along routes in Eastleigh and Southampton where celebrities and prominent figures from across Hampshire can make their mark.
James, who has also had success with the England Under-21s squad, said: “It’s great to be able to support campaigns like this and try to help out where we can.
”The children’s emergency and trauma department appeal is a superb cause and I hope that it can reach its intended goals. These kind of initiatives are hugely important for the children of Southampton and the surrounding area.” 
Sam, who recently signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with the club, commented: “It means a huge amount to be able to help promote such positive work. 
“This is something that could make a huge difference to the community and I wish the charity the very best with its fundraising efforts."
The new facility will be spread across over 1,390m² and is expected to see more than 30,000 youngsters every year. 
It will offer an improved layout and space for assessment and treatment with the needs of children presented in an emergency all dealt with in one specialised area. This will include a dedicated reception, triage and waiting room, children’s emergency x-ray, procedural sedation room, acute assessment unit, observed treatment area and short stay unit.
Gareth Blair, managing director of Xelabus, said: “The idea of the bus was to not only get the charity message out there to as wide an audience as possible, but also to showcase just how many prominent figures in the community support the need for this important appeal.
“We were delighted to support such an important cause and are looking forward to meeting more supporters of this exciting project.”
Amber Badger-Bell, major gifts officer at Southampton Hospital Charity, said: “It’s been wonderful having Saints join us in celebration of the charity’s latest venture.
“The support for the new children’s emergency and trauma department in such a short amount of time has been fantastic – and we would like to thank everyone for that.”
She added: “However, we still have a long way to go before we hit our £2 million target. Whether you are a member of the community or a business looking to support a charitable cause, please do consider getting behind this campaign.” 
You can find out more about the new children’s emergency and trauma department here.
Photo credit is Dan Wilson Photography.

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