15/12/15: Help sick children at St Mary's Hospital
You can make a difference to young patients spending the festive season in hospital through our Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal.
All you need to do is write a message for the Christmas tree of your choice at one of the Trust’s five hospital sites for patients, staff, families and friends to read.
Why not wish a Merry Christmas to your team, patients, or your family and friends, or thank the medical team who cared for you?
With every Christmas wish made, we’re asking for a suggested donation of £5.
Community fundraising team manager, Laura Watts, said: “We’re hoping everyone will help to make our Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal a success. Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far—your donations really will make a huge difference.”
Money raised from this appeal will go towards the children’s Christmas party, as well as supporting families throughout the year, including fun days out, providing respite days and vital equipment for the children’s wards.
The appeal was officially launched with Christmas tree lighting ceremonies at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital and St Mary's Hospital last week.
Both Wetherby Preparatory School Choir and a paediatrics staff choir performed to the crowds at St Mary's, charity supporter Katherine Phillips did a reading and Trust chief executive Tracey Batten switched on the lights.
At Queen Charlotte's, charity volunteer Denise Speller did a reading and consultant midwife Pauline Cooke switched on the lights.
You can write your message at the charity stalls at:
St Mary's reception until 17 December
Charing Cross reception on 17 December
Hammersmith Hospital reception on 15 December
To find out more or write a message for the Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal, click here.
02/12/15: Watch Christmas lighting ceremony at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital
Everyone is invited to get into the festive spirit at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Monday (7 Dec).
The event, from 4pm to 4.30pm, will include music, mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine, and is raising money for Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s Birth Centre Appeal to renovate and expand the Birth Centre at Queen Charlotte’s.
As part of the appeal, the charity is asking people to write a festive wish or message for one of the charity’s Christmas trees at either Queen Charlotte’s, St Mary’s, Hammersmith, Charing Cross or Western Eye hospital in exchange for a suggested donation of £5.
Community fundraising team manager, Laura Watts, said: “We’re hoping everyone will help us raise the last £50,000 towards our £500,000 target for the Birth Centre Appeal.
“Your donation will make a huge difference for the families who welcome their children to the world at Queen Charlotte’s birth centre.”
Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises money for research, training and equipment at St Mary’s, Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and Western Eye hospitals.
Donations raised through Christmas tree messages at the other four hospital sites will help children at St Mary’s Hospital. Funds will go towards the children’s Christmas party, as well as supporting families throughout the year, including fun days out, providing respite days and vital equipment for the children’s wards.
The charity thanked children’s clothing store Polarn O. Pyret for supporting the appeal.
If you can’t attend the lighting ceremony but would like to write a message for the Christmas tree of your choice, click here.