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It’s great to have good neighbours!

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We’d like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has got involved in the recent fundraising activities via our local business improvement district, the Fitzrovia Partnership.  It’s great to have such supportive neighbours.  Here’s a snapshot of how the Partnership has supported us in recent months:

During the pandemic

During the course of the pandemic, the Partnership has appealed to their members and friends for in-kind donations to support UCLH.  They’ve also played a key role in organising the complex logistics of getting the deliveries to staff safely and securely.  They’ve delivered over £15,000 worth of soft drinks, snacks and wellbeing items – including over £4,000 worth of Hotel Chocolat for frontline staff to enjoy.

Donate a gift

Covid-19 meant that the usual present drop – where businesses were asked to donate toys to children in hospital over Christmas – wasn’t possible.  Instead, they were asked to donate £10 to provide each child with an Amazon voucher on Christmas Day.  Anything left over was used to re-stock activity cupboards. This appeal smashed the target of £770.00 and raised £2,782.00 and was really well-received as UCLH play specialists explain:

“The impact of the vouchers was huge. In some situations, the vouchers were the only things that our patients had to open. One of our 13 year old palliative patients said his mum didn’t have the time or money to organise anything and so this was the only thing he had to open at Christmas.”  Karl, T12N adolescent oncology.

“Vouchers are an excellent idea especially as it allows us to use any "leftovers" to replenish our play resources.”  Josh TT11s/T12S play specialist.

“We had a patient who really struggles being in hospital - we don't get many smiles out of him. When I gave him the voucher, he had a MASSIVE smile on his face and was over the moon that he got to do some shopping.”  Deanna, T11N.

“The UCLH Charity bags were well received and in particular the Amazon vouchers were an especially nice additional surprise.” Lucy, T11N.

FITZmas Challenge

To encourage people to get fit and keep active, the Partnership decided to launch their own Christmas virtual challenge.  They asked members to enter teams who would commit to running/cycling or walking 30/60/90 miles in December while raising funds for UCLH Charity.

The virtual teams competed on a virtual leaderboard and shared their successes with each other on social media.  The Challenge raised an amazing £3,375.00.

We look forward to working with the Fitzrovia Partnership in 2021.  If you’d like to find out more about how your company or organisation can support UCLH Charity, please email: molly.marks@nhs.net

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