Friday Fundraiser – Sean Braithwaite’s Birmingham Half Marathon

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This week’s #FridayFundraiser is Sean Braithwaite, who ran the Birmingham International Half Marathon earlier this month. Sean’s original target was £500, which he more than doubled, raising £1,303.20 for COSMIC!
Sean was inspired to run after his girlfriend Lizzie’s little cousin Jack was admitted to St Mary’s PICU. He said ” I’m always amazed by Jack’s strength and how much of a fighter he is at the worst of times, and find that strength really inspirational (I mean seriously, I’m just running. It’s not that hard!)”.
We also find Sean’s determination pretty inspirational and want to say a massive thank you for helping raise such an amazing amount for the #HomefromHome appeal to help build accommodation for the parents and family of critically ill children being treated on the ward!
If you would like to take on a challenge for COSMIC, please do get in touch either by sending us an email at, or by calling 02033126175.

Help the Parental Bereavement Bill Become Law

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Earlier this year the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill was introduced to Parliament. The bill aims to address the issue that there is currently no legal requirement for an employer or workplace to grant bereaved parents of children under the age of 18 any formal and paid compassionate leave.

The first debate for this bill is scheduled in Parliament this Friday and we are asking as many people to write to their MP’s as possible, requesting them to attend this debate. The more who attend the debate and the more likely it will be that this will become law by 2020.

Here at COSMIC, we know just how difficult it can be for bereaved parents to get back into the workplace and how this very particular and devastating kind of loss needs time and work to overcome. We believe that supporting this bill is so important for not only future families from our Unit, but for families across the UK.

If you aren’t sure who your MP is, then you can quickly check by typing you postcode into this website: Additionally, if you would like any additional information about this bill please follow think link:

New COSMIC Merchandise – The COSMIC T-Shirt!

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We are very excited to reveal our new COSMIC T-shirts. As you can see, our Fundraising Executive Emily is very pleased with hers!

An easy way to show your #TeamCOSMIC pride, the T-Shirts are made from soft, grey cotton with the pink charity logo printed on the front and and the classic COSMIC star on the back. They come in sizes S-XL and cost £8.00 each. So far we only have adults sizes, but watch this space!

To order yours today, either send the team an email at or give them a call on 02033126175.

A COSMIC Thank You to Otto’s Wine Bar!

The whole COSMIC Team would like to say a huge thank you to Otto’s Wine Bar for raising a fantastic £4,000 for our Kawasaki Disease Research Collaboration. The team cycled from London to Paris, starting from Trafalgar Square and ending at the Eiffel Tower 3 days later!

The funds raised by the cycle team will go a long way in helping support our Kawasaki Disease Research Collaboration with the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The Research Project’s aim is to look into the cause of Kawasaki Disease –  a vascular illness that affects, mainly children aged 5 and under, as well as developing a test to get a diagnosis earlier and developing new treatments.

We also have to say thank you to the amazing Joanne McBride and her daughter Freya, who was admitted to St Mary’s Children’s Intensive Care Unit in 2015 and diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. It is because of them that Otto’s heard about COSMIC and our work dedicated to Kawasaki Disease research.

If you have any fundraising ideas or challenges that you would like to do for COSMIC, and more specifically our Kawasaki Disease Research, please get in touch with our team by calling 02033126175 or emailing

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New COSMIC Merchendise!

Our new COSMIC tote bags have arrived! These lovely little bags are helpful for everyday use like shopping and carrying school supplies.

They are made from recycled material and are just £4.00 each which goes to support the PICU, staff and families.

If you would like to order a COSMIC tote bag, please do get in touch by sending us a direct message here on Facebook, emailing us at or calling us on 02033126175.



#FridayFundraiser – Steve Appleby’s Mad Hatter Walk!

This week’s Friday Fundraiser, Steve Appleby completed an amazing 100km walk through Sussex and Kent for the charity. The route started in Canterbury and finished in East Grinstead, a grueling 62 miles completed in just 24 hours!

Steve decided to raise funds for COSMIC after being introduced to the charity through his workplace in 2013. Steve’s challenge has so far raised an incredible £3,945! We are so thankful to Steve for raising such an amazing amount for the charity through his Mad Hatter 100km walk, please help us say thank you to Steve for his tremendous support!


If anyone is interested in taking part in a challenge for COSMIC, please email Fundraising Executive Emily Hughes at or call 02033126175.