21/04/15: Fundraiser takes on the London Marathon in memory of his dad
A dedicated fundraiser will be putting his best foot forward in memory of his dad at the London Marathon on Sunday.
Chris Phillips, of Mortlake, London, was inspired to take part in the 26.2 mile event after his father, Nick, died of cancer at Charing Cross Hospital in October 2014 at the age of 73.
The 41-year-old is raising money for Imperial College Healthcare Charity to help fund training for staff within palliative (end of life) care services.The charity raises funds for research and projects that help improve patient healthcare at the five London hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea, St Mary and Western Eye hospitals.
“I know he would have been there cheering me on,” said Chris, who works in technology.
“In those times when your knees are going and you’re starting not to feel so great, thinking of my dad and the money I’m raising in his memory will keep me going. It’s knowing you’re doing something for someone and seeing how much pain they’ve gone through - I just think to myself I’m only doing it for five-and-a-half hours so I should be able to do it.”
The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, with more than 35,000 runners taking part every year.
The course passes through the streets of London from Blackheath to the famous finish line at The Mall.
Chris, a father-of-one, has never run a marathon before. He initially started training in December but tripped and had to postpone training until January.
He has raised £4,270 so far from more than 50 different donors. His family, including wife Sarah, four-year-old daughter Sophie, and mum Katherine, will be supporting him in the crowd on the day.
Nick was originally diagnosed with bladder cancer but it spread. After he died, Chris and his mum set up the Nick Phillips Memorial Fund in aid of Imperial College Healthcare Charity.
The fund is dedicated to ensuring that palliative care nurses receive adequate and specialised training.
Chris’ mum, Katherine, has also been working hard to raise funds, and has raised more than £6,000 so far.Chris said seeing what his dad went through made the family determined to raise funds for palliative care.
“When my dad was in Charing Cross we saw the real importance of palliative care. I want to raise money to help train people in pain control and counselling, and particularly to get these trained staff in 24/7,” he said.
“As we experienced, such care and expertise is vital to provide the appropriate dignity and comfort in a stage of life most of us will some day face.”
To sponsor Chris, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChristopherPhillips4
For more information about Imperial College Healthcare Charity, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk.
13/04/15: How Cargiant are helping West London hospital's new born babies appeal
Imperial College Healthcare Charity has partnered with Cargiant who are supporting the charity’s new Birth Centre Appeal at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital.
The charity, which raises money for the five hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in West and North-West London launched the new £500,000 appeal earlier in the year which aims to expand and remodel the existing birth centre at the West London hospital.
The new partnership was kick-started over the Easter weekend at the Cargiant dealership in White City with a variety of fundraising activities.
Cargiant is the largest car dealership in the world, has sold over 670,000 cars since 1977.
The birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea has not had any major refurbishment since opening in April 2001 and the environment is now below the standards set by many other birth centres across the UK.
With demand increasing from 700 to over 900 births in the last year, improvements to facilities are needed.
This is the second time the charity has held an appeal for a birth centre, the first being at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
The intention is to be able to replicate the high standards set by this first birth centre appeal at St Mary’s which opened in 2008, creating a modern, well-equipped space where women can give birth in calm, comfortable surroundings.
The proposed renovation at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital would mean expanding the capacity of the birth centre, increasing the number of rooms from five to six, with the new room having en suite facilities and a birthing pool.
Air would also be installed into every birth room so that resuscitation cabinets can be installed. Several areas would be refurbished and expanded, including the antenatal/postnatal waiting area, antenatal consultation room with en suite facilities as well as the creation of a new reception area.
Double beds will also be added to rooms so that parents get the chance to spend those crucial first hours with their new baby in comfort.
Josephine Watterson, fundraising and communications director at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, says: “We’re delighted to have the support of Cargiant for our Birth Centre Appeal and really excited about working together with the company’s staff and customers on fundraising events and initiatives in the near future. The potential between the two organisations is huge, and having them on board for the appeal will certainly help bring us closer to our fundraising target of half a million pounds and help make the facilities at Queen Charlotte’s birth centre among the best in the country.”
Tony Mendes, managing director at Cargiant, says: “We are very happy to be supporting the Birth Centre Appeal at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, it’s our local hospital and we are delighted to be part of something that will benefit the wider community. We have loads of fundraising ideas and can’t wait to get started.”