We are delighted to announce that the proceeds from this year’s run will be going to the Murray Parrish Trust. This is a fantastic local charity that we are proud to be associated with. Here are some details about them:
The story of The Murray Parish Trust
Back in 2009 the actors Sarah Parish and James Murray lost their first daughter Ella-Jayne to a congenital heart defect, after having spent almost half her life being cared for by the outstanding clinicians in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in University Hospital Southampton. During this time, Jim and Sarah realised just how desperately the hospital depends on fundraising by members of the public to provide vital equipment and facilities – which inspired them to set up The Murray Parish Trust. Our charity and its supporters subsequently raised over £300,000 to fund extra bed spaces and other much-needed services for the PICU.
Our latest challenge
The Trust is dedicated to raising funds for paediatric facilities not only in Southampton but across all of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, West Sussex, Devon, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and the Channel Islands – and our latest challenge is to help build a brand new Paediatric Emergency & Trauma Department (A&E) based in Southampton, providing acute trauma care to cover the entire South of England.
We are raising funds to replace the current children’s emergency ward, which is dated, overstretched and restricted in the number of beds and facilities that it is able to provide. The new department will provide a much better experience for children and their families, and will include: a dedicated children’s reception, triage and waiting area; an eight-bedded observation area for patients requiring short stay assessment; eleven individual glass-fronted, soundproofed cubicles allowing privacy for children in crisis; a large observed treatment area; a children’s x-ray room; and various other facilities to support patients, relatives and staff.
University Hospital Southampton has already committed £800,000 to the project to date, and the charity’s target is to raise a further £2 million by June 2018 – which the Government last year agreed to match fund, following a successful campaign spearheaded by The Murray Parish Trust.