Supporting children

New equipment for the Variety

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of King’s nurse Laura Farnham and her team, new equipment, toys and decorative artwork have been purchased for the Philip Isaacs Ward, children's outpatients and paediatric short stay. Philip Isaacs Ward, at the Variety Children’s Hospital at King’s, cares for children of all ages who may be acutely or chronically unwell.

‘It’s really great to see where my money goes directly, but I do realise how quickly it can go with regards to hospital equipment, which can be expensive or wear out, which is why fundraising is important,’ says Laura.

Creating a welcoming environment

Laura Farnham is a junior sister on the ward and extremely passionate about giving the best care to patients in a welcoming and friendly environment. She and her team’s fundraising efforts have enabled the ward to purchase toys and games for a variety of age groups, baby equipment including changing mats and bottle warmers as well as decorative wall art, providing much enjoyment to patients and their families.

‘As we all know hospitals can look very clinical and scary, even to adults, so we try and make improvements through the eyes of a child. By listening to the children’s views, we do our best to deliver a better and more supportive hospital visit,’ Laura says.

The money also allowed the ward to purchase two portable oxygen saturation monitors. These measure the amount of oxygen in the blood which is an important indicator of the child’s health.

‘These are used on a daily basis and the children find them less intrusive and more mobile than our other monitors. As our service develops and grows the money has been put to good use,’ she says.

Sky high fundraising

Laura organised a tandem skydive to raise money for her ward, and this year she has convinced 12 of her colleagues on the Philip Isaacs Ward to take part in one!

The team are also continuing to raise money throughout the year through bake sales, raffles and clothes sales. Laura and her team will find out from the children and young people on the ward what they would like the money to be spent on to make their stay more comfortable.

‘Our fundraising mission is to enhance our current environment and make it more suited to the diverse range of patients we see,’ says Laura. ‘It means a great deal to be able to see where the money goes.’

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