How we help

Money donated to COSMIC is used to:-

  • Buy state-of-the-art equipment for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Fund a programme of groundbreaking research into life-threatening childhood diseases that has a global impact on new treatments
  • Pay for training health professionals involved in paediatric intensive care support for families and staff
  • Support families through one of the most difficult times in their life with one to one support, advice, couselling, accommodation for parents.

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Science in Action – Childhood Diseases Sponsored by COSMIC and supported by a number of other charitable organisations, the research team at St Mary’s and Imperial College are carrying out a programme of research into life-threatening childhood diseases with the ultimate aim of developing new methods of treatment. The Human Genome Over the past decade, … Continue reading Research

Family Support

COSMIC help fund a Family Support Service for families who have children on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Having a child on the unit is one of the most stressful and traumatic times for a parent and our Family Liaison Nurses are on hand to provide practical and emotional support. Our Family Liaison service supports … Continue reading Family Support

Parent Accommodation

Of the approximately 400 children that we treat each year, only about 20% of them are from the local area.  When families with desperately sick children are admitted on to the ward, the parents never want to be far away. Naturally every family would like to be resident while their child is in the hospital … Continue reading Parent Accommodation

Our Current Appeals

COSMIC has a number of very important appeals we are running. Our two key appeals are the Home from Home Appeal and the More Smiles Appeal.  Find out more about both below.

Training for Nurses and Doctors

Rebecca Harwood Fund  Thanks to another very committed independent fundraiser, we now have a dedicated nurse education budget for training nurses and other health professionals involved in paediatric intensive care. This pays for courses leading to professional qualifications, external short training courses, seminar and conference attendance and the continuing professional development of intensive care specialists. … Continue reading Training for Nurses and Doctors

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Equipment that saves lives  The vital equipment used on PICU is extremely expensive to buy and must be frequently serviced and upgraded. Here are some recent examples of equipment that COSMIC has bought for the unit: A patient monitoring system that allows all eight paediatric intensive care beds to be monitored from one central station … Continue reading State-of-the-Art Equipment