More Smiles Appeal
The More Smiles Appeal aims to raise £2million for the redevelopment of the children's intensive care unit at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, that currently cares for 400 of the most critically ill children in London and the South East every year.
When St Mary's opened its first unit specifically designed to look after critically ill children in the North West London area in 1992, it only had one single bed. In the following years it quickly developed and expanded, becoming the Children's Intensive Care Unit, a centre of excellence with more than five paediatric consultants and over 50 specialist nurses in its staff.
The need for change
The last major development of the Children's Intensive Care Unit took place in 1996. Since then, there has been dramatic improvements in technology, treatments and ward design that mean the unit now limits our ability to provide the best possible care to our youngest and most at risk patients.
Of the 400 children treated last year, 233 had to be transferred to other units, some outside of London. Telling a parent that there is not a bed available for their sick child is a situation that sadly exists, but with this exciting expansion we can stop situations like this from happening - as the expansion will almost double the amount of beds we have, enabling our world class staff to treat hundreds more children each year.
In the News
Watch coverage of the More Smiles Appeal BBC and ITV below:
What can you do to help?
You can make an online donation to the appeal by visiting our page http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/COSMICmoresmilesappeal
or by sending a cheque made payable to More Smiles Appeal to:
More Smiles Appeal, COSMIC, St Mary's Hospital, Room 31, Ground Floor, Salton House, South Wharf Road, London, W2 1BL
- Take part in one of our events - download the event calendar here
- Hold your own fundraising event
- Nominate COSMIC for your work Charity of the Year or as a beneficiary of an event
- Help us spread awareness
We'd also love to hear from you if you have fundraising ideas in support of the appeal. Please get in touch at 0203 312 6947 or email email@example.com
To keep up to date with the appeal's progress & activities you can follow @MoreSmilesApp on Twitter