Exciting COSMIC Merger News

We are delighted to let you know about exciting developments that we are planning to make at COSMIC Charity.

Over the last 25 years we have achieved a huge amount, including funding the first ever children’s mobile intensive care ambulance, funding state of the art ventilators and a range of support for families. Last year was an amazing year as we celebrated the opening of the new enlarged PICU at St Mary’s and the provision of our long awaited onsite Parent Accommodation.

Many of you know that we work closely with our sister charity – The Winnicott Foundation who support the neonatal intensive care units at St Mary’s Hospital and Queen Charlottes Hospital. COSMIC has, for the last year, been helping to run the Winnicott Foundation, and it’s become clear that the aims of our two charities are incredibly closely aligned and there are huge advantages in working together. As a result both sets of Trustees have decided to explore a merger and after extensive discussion amongst trustees, clinical advisors and parents we have decided to merge the two charities and we are now nearing the final stages of the work to achieve this.

The new merged charity will still retain the COSMIC name, but we will have a new enlarged mission of “Caring for babies and children in intensive care @StMary’s @QueenCharlotte’s”.

We believe that this merger offers us an opportunity to increase the support we collectively offer to the thousands of babies and children treated every year in the intensive care units of Imperial Trust. It will allow us to have a stronger voice within the Trust as “The charity” that supports all babies and children in intensive care, increase our fundraising activities and supporter communications, expand our presence on the PICU, and ultimately help us do more for critically ill children and babies. We hope to complete the legal stages of the merger early this year with a view to updating all external communications by the beginning of spring.

We are very excited about this new stage in COSMIC’s development merger and will keep you updated with any activities and information.

If you have any questions, or don’t want to be kept informed about our ongoing work, please do not hesitate to email us at info@cosmiccharity.org.uk

 We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support. We truly couldn’t have achieved as much for COSMIC’s children and families without your help.

Thank you again for all your support.

 With best wishes,

 The COSMIC Trustees and Team

About:

COSMIC (Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care) was founded in 1994 to raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) located at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.  The unit treats approximately 630 desperately ill children each year.

COSMIC also fund internationally significant research into the causes, effects and treatment of life-threatening childhood diseases.