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St George’s Hospital Charity launches Therapy Appeal

St George’s Hospital Charity launches Therapy Appeal

Grace Havard
 

St George’s Hospital Charity has launched its Therapy Appeal to provide unique and important equipment and facilities for medical staff and patients.

Covering speech and language, physical rehabilitation, trips and falls prevention, occupational therapy, stroke therapy, neurosurgery therapies, massage therapy, and more, the Appeal aims to fund therapy services to benefit patients at St George’s and Queen Mary’s hospitals in south London, and in the community.

The charity’s Appeal focuses on anything that is ‘over and above’ normal provision, such as recuperation aids, specialised innovative software to support communication and monitoring electronics, and one-to-one bedside music for a long stay patient.

The Appeal is being backed by Grace Havard who sustained life-threatening injuries in a road traffic accident in April 2014.

She suffered 28 broken bones, a punctured lung, a split liver, her spleen was bleeding and kidneys failing. After the collision she was rushed to the major trauma centre at St George’s Hospital where she spent the following two months in and out of hospital before being discharged to Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, for rehabilitation where she still receives treatment today.

She said: “My experience of being in a road accident and having my life saved by the amazing surgeons at St George’s Hospital tells only part of the story. When I had my operations the therapy and rehabilitation teams at St George’s and Queen Mary’s spent months helping me rediscover my ability to walk and build a life again.

“It was really hard but vital work and I would love more people to benefit from the expertise of the therapists who helped me achieve my goal of running the London Marathon. It was two years after my accident that I proudly ran for St George’s and Queen Mary’s to raise funds, now I’d encourage others to fundraise for the new Therapy Appeal.

“When you consider that £20 could buy a yoga mat, £40 could fund a massage session, £50 could provide one-to-one bedside music for a long stay patient to cheer them, then I hope you’ll see just how important support of this kind can be”.

St George’s Hospital Charity improves the patient experience, providing state-of-the-art equipment, supporting ground-breaking research and patient therapies, improving wards, and funding arts, musical therapies and more – touching the lives of the thousands patients and staff of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust each year.

Noel Cramer, director of fundraising at St George's Hospital Charity, said, “Raising funds for our Therapy Appeal means we can help even more patients, providing support that is ‘over and above’ what is normally possible.

“We would encourage everyone to help the Appeal in whatever way possible. A small donation, a school or office dress-down day, a collection amongst friends or a sponsored run will do so much.”

To donate to the Therapy Appeal, visit www.stgeorgeshospitalchartiy.org.uk or text THER70 £10 to 70070.

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