OVER 250 girls aged 12 and 13 from Burntwood School in Tooting have raised an amazing £2,400 for the children’s intensive care unit at St George’s Hospital.

Taking part in a sponsored walk around the school playing fields, the year 8 girls raised the money by convincing family and friends of the invaluable care and treatment given to very poorly children when they attend the intensive care unit at the hospital.

Inspired last year by a visit from one of the unit’s nurses, Vikki Cameron, and the manager of the St George’s Charitable Foundation Appeal Shop, David Haughton, the year 8 pupils decided on the intensive care unit as their chosen charity and set about arranging the sponsored walk. The 12 and 13 year olds particularly wanted to make a difference to very young children needing specialist intensive care.

Jonathan Round, a consultant on the unit, will receive the cheque from Principal Helen Dorfman on Wednesday 26 April at the school’s morning assembly. Speaking this week, Jonathan said “I’m thrilled to be able to receive this donation on behalf of St George’s Charitable Foundation and for the benefit of children at the intensive care unit. It’s great to know that local school children have chosen to support their local hospital and the specialist services it provides.”

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. Burntwood School is a foundation school for girls aged 11 – 18 in Burntwood Lane, Tooting. It has 1750 pupils on its roll. At foundation schools the Governors are responsible for the school’s admissions policy.
  3. 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.
  4. St George’s Charitable Foundation (registered charity number 241527) 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.