A NURSE in the children’s intensive care unit at St George’s Hospital is training hard in preparation for this year’s London Marathon and is enjoying the fact that her efforts on St George’s Day (23 April) will benefit St George’s Hospital.

Vikki Cameron, who is running and fundraising with her friend Tracey Hull, hopes to raise £1,500 for the children’s intensive care unit at the hospital. The money raised for St George’s Charitable Foundation will be used specifically to buy two new sofas for the parents’ sitting room. The room is adjacent to the intensive care unit and provides parents with a space outside, but not far from, the ward.

Vikki Cameron said “Having your child admitted to intensive care is a very stressful experience and we’re trying to help make parents’ time at the unit as comfortable as possible.”

Any additional money raised will go towards making the unit a little more homely and as child-friendly as possible, with bright and colourful fabric for sheets and pillow cases for example.

Anyone wanting to support Vikki and Tracey in their marathon challenge can do so by donating online at:www.justgiving.com/vikkiandtracey; you can make a donation any time up to two months after the marathon takes place.

Notes to editors

  1. For more information, please call Liz Woods, Charitable Communications Manager at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on 020 8725 4522 or e-mail liz.woods@stgeorges.nhs.uk
  2. The children’s intensive care unit is a five to eight bed intensive care unit, providing care for children requiring intensive care. The unit also provides high dependency care for local children and children requiring specialist care from across the south of England.
  3. St George’s Charitable Foundation supports the patients and staff of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by awarding grants to enable improvements in hospital buildings, facilities and equipment, for innovation and research and for the direct benefit of patients and staff. Its aim is to use the money it holds for the greatest benefit to patients, visitors and staff of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and associated local health services, supplementing – and not substituting – government funding of core NHS services.