Imperial Children’s Appeal

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St Mary's

The Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal

This year we are inviting all our supporters to take part in our Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal by sending us a festive wish or message.

If you have received fantastic care from staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, want to wish somebody close to you a Merry Christmas, want your company to support a charity during the Christmas period, or would like to simply see your name displayed on our charity tree for all to see - our Christmas Wishing Tree is waiting for you!

We are inviting everyone to write a personalised message to be displayed on our Christmas trees for patients, staff, families and friends to read.

Your Christmas message can go on the Christmas tree of your choice at any of the Trust's five hospital sites - St Mary's, Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Western Eye, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea.

With every Christmas Wish made we are asking for a minimum donation of £5.00 to help make a difference to some of the sickest children in London, who will be spending this festive season in hospital away from their loved ones.

Money raised from this winter appeal will go towards the children's Christmas party, as well as supporting families throughout the year, including fun days out and providing respite and vital equipment for the children’s wards.

It is thanks to you that we can help the Trust provide a level of care beyond that which NHS funding alone can offer, and help patients and families at a time when they need the most support.


Write your message or wish in the box below for it to appear on our Christmas Wishing Tree.

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Clothes for children
£ Variable

If parents aren't able to pick up more clothes for their sick children who stay longer than expected in wards, having a fresh set ready means children stay as comfortable as possible.


Changing mats

A huge number of babies are cared for every day, and having a clean, fresh supply of changing mats means parents can change their child as they would at home.

Teddy bears

Having a teddy bear as a buddy for the day and where staff can model procedures to children is hugely reassuring and comforting for children in a hospital environment.

Portable DVD player

Children in A&E, intensive care or living with limb and mobility conditions can watch DVDs from their bed to keep themselves pre-occupied.

High chairs

Babies need good support at feeding time which these chairs provide, allowing staff can maintain normal feeding times routines away from home.

Breast Pumps

Breast pumps are for babies who are too unwell to breast feed, important when they are ill; pumps can be used to express the mother's milk and fed to their baby through feeding tubes.

Days out from the hospital £300

Activity days away from the hospital help make children with chronic illnesses feel less stigmatised and offer a chance to enjoy being a child again.

Decoration and extra furniture £500

Creating bright, fun places for children can make their hospital visit far less daunting, and make them far more likely to co-operate.

Portable sensory play unit £10,000

For children with special needs or who have been through trauma, this bubble tube of fibre optics soothes, distracts and calms children.

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