Polly Parrot appeal just £5,000 to go to meet target

X MARKS the spot as the Polly Parrot Appeal target is within sight, thanks to the generosity of our staff, patients and visitors.

So far £95,000 has been raised for the appeal, which will fund additional equipment in the new Children’s A&E Department at Basildon University Hospital. That leaves just £5,000 to raise before hitting the £100,000 target.

Helen Mattock, Hospital Fundraiser, said: “We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity, especially in the current economic climate. We appreciate people giving their spare pennies to help us make Children’s A&E as welcoming and unintimidating a place for children, as possible. We’re on the home straight – we just need a final push to reach the £100,000 target and make Polly fly!”

The appeal was launched in autumn 2010, when building work was underway on the new £17m project to transform A&E and Fracture Clinic. Within the new building, is the first stand alone Children’s A&E environment in Essex, for children and young adults. The environment will focus on health education and feature multi-sensory and distraction equipment, which will be particularly therapeutic for all children especially those with special needs. It is hoped Children’s A&E will open its doors to the public in March.

Jenny Galpin, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “It is really important to treat children in the right situation and the new Children’s A&E really shows the Trust’s commitment to providing a high standard of care for children. When we started building work on the A&E and Fracture Clinic project in 2009, we said work would be finished in Spring 2012 so it is good to be able to see the finish line now. The new building is looking great and I want to thank our staff and patients for being so tolerant while building work has been taking place.”

To get involved with the appeal or to make a donation, please call the Charity Office on 01268 524900 ext 3202 or email charity@btuh.nhs.uk.

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