St Peter’s Hospital has teamed up with the SW London-based children’s charity Momentum www.moment-um.org to improve the healing environment on the children’s cancer ward. Momentum, which supports children with cancer in SW London and Surrey, hopes to raise £14,000 to provide a new Chillout Zone on Little Oaks Ward in St Peter’s where every year many local children undergo gruelling cancer treatment and subsequently receive long-term care.
Momentum’s Director Bianca Effemey hopes to replicate the incredible work that the charity has achieved at Kingston Hospital, where it has spent £600,000 refurbishing the Paediatric department.
Bianca, who recently won a national award for her charity work, said: “We are excited to be working with St Peter’s. Studies show that the environment in which children are treated makes a huge difference and a good environment can help them to recover more quickly.”
Children with cancer will spend at least 18 months having treatment and often it is much longer. They endure hours of chemotherapy, countless tests and follow-up consultations. Lizzie Sturt, St Peter’s Paediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “I am passionate about improving our children’s environment here at St Peter’s and I know Momentum can help. The Chillout Zone would be a space where our young patients could relax and it would hopefully feel more like a home environment than a hospital. It would be more welcoming, less scary and less clinical, an area where the child, parents and siblings could all spend time together as a family.”
To provide the Chillout Zone Momentum would like to raise enough funds to buy new sofas, an activity station with play beads and bells for smaller children, a music system, gifts for the children once they have finished their chemotherapy treatment and a treasure chest in which to store them.
To help raise funds for this project please visit www.moment-um.org or call 020 8974 5931.