A charity set up to support young patients, families and staff at a Southampton paediatric intensive unit has secured £1,000 of funding from Persimmon South Coast to support children and their families in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Friends of PICU charity seeks to provide vital equipment and services to PICU at University Hospital Southampton, in addition to those provided by the statutory authorities. Among the things on its wanted list were three iPad tablets, to be used by children and families whilst on PICU.
Operations manager Kerry Houghton said: “PICU cares for critically ill children aged from new-born to 18 years, admitted from 27 referring hospitals across the south of England and Channel Islands, and from the various children’s wards at Southampton Hospital.
“More than 1,000 children are admitted each year for specialist care by the skilled and dedicated team. The donation from the Persimmon Community Champions Scheme for the purchase of three iPads for PICU will make such a difference to the children, their families and our colleagues alike and we are extremely grateful for their generous and kind support.”
Persimmon South Coast managing director Matt Paine added: “We were very impressed by the work done by Friends of PICU, which makes such a difference to young people who need intensive care.
“We are very happy to make this donation as part of our Community Champions scheme, and we send our very best wishes to all the young people in hospital, along with the wonderful staff who look after them and, of course, this vital charity.”
To apply for Community Champions funding visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity
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