July 2009
Ever-wondered-what-we-do-with-your-donations1Ever wondered what we do with your donations?

About 80 per cent of the people and organisations that support us ask for their donation to go to specific causes, with the rest going to the Trustees’ general funds. To make sure that any donations are used where they are most needed, we let front-line staff in the wards and departments decide what to buy. Here are some of the projects our supporters have helped us to fund.

  • British Land, which owns the Regent’s Place development on the Euston Road, teamed up with Hachette Livre to donate £5,000 to the UCLH Children’s Ward. The money was used to buy extra equipment for the sensory room, a calm, medical-free oasis equipped with lights, music and games, where children up to the age of 12 can take time out from the ward. As the room is too small to wheel a bed into, the donation will provide mobile equipment to take to the ward.
  • Researcher Susie Pearce went on a training course, financed by the Adolescent Cancer Unit fund, to explore ways to engage young people in research projects. “It is important for young patients to be active participants in research and the development of services” she says.
  • Kevin Sullivan, a paediatric radiotherapy research radiographer, has his salary partly funded by the Rays of Hope for Children with Cancer charitable fund. His work, which focuses on innovative radiation treatments for the childhood cancer neuroblastoma, means that children come from across Britain and abroad to UCLH for treatment. The fund’s supporters include Greggs the bakers, who organise fun runs to finance Kevin’s work.
  • Professor Derek Yellon, who works in cardiac research funded with the help of the UCLH Charity, is providing a placement over the summer for graduate student Matthew Roche. “It’s hugely interesting to spend time in a working lab, dealing with actual research” says Matthew, whose dissertation was on one of Professor Yellon’s key projects, looking at how to enhance the heart’s ability to heal itself after a heart attack.
  • More information on our current projects can be found here.

 

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Kevin Sullivan                   Matthew Roche