Staff raise money for More Smiles Appeal

A charity 5-aside-football tournament has raised more than £1,000 for the More Smiles Appeal to help expand and improve the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

The event organised by Imperial College Healthcare Charity, saw 20 teams of staff from the five hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust compete over the course of three hours at the Old Football Pitches in Hyde Park.

Nurses, doctors, midwives and other staff showed off their football skills during the tournament which was eventually won by a team of physiotherapists, known as ‘Bayern Bru’, who have now won the tournament two years in a row.

Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said:

“A big thank you to everyone who played in the tournament or came along to help or support. Now in its third year, the event is always hugely popular among hospital staff who enjoy competing against colleagues while raising money for good causes within their place of work.

“We’re thrilled so many teams got involved this year in support of the More Smiles Appeal. The money that they’ve raised will go towards much needed improvements to St Mary’s Hospital Children’s Intensive Care Unit so that more children and families can benefit from the exceptional care it provides.”

The St Mary’s Hospital More Smiles Appeal is a joint appeal between two charities, COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care) and Imperial College Healthcare Charity. It is aiming to raise at least £2million to help fund the £10 million expansion of the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital, London.

Notes to editors

The expansion of the Children’s Intensive Care Unit is a £10 million project supported by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Imperial College Healthcare Charity and COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care). To find out more about the St Mary’s Hospital ‘More Smiles Appeal’, telephone 020 3312 6179. You can stay up to date with the appeal through the appeal website or on Twitter @MoreSmilesApp

COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care) was founded in 1994 to support and raise money for the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. The charity funds vital state-of-the-art medical equipment, a ground breaking programme of internationally significant research into life threatening childhood illness and provides support and accommodation to help families through one of the most difficult times imaginable.

Imperial College Healthcare Charity
Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises funds for five London hospitals within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye hospitals. Since 2009, the charity has awarded over £20 million in grants to over 400 pieces of clinical research and healthcare projects across the hospitals, all of which aim to improve patient healthcare.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust provides acute and specialist health care for around a million people annually. We have five hospitals as well as community services across North West London. With Imperial College London, we are a designated academic health science centre, improving care through rapid translation of research and excellence in education