Sporting support at school

15.12.16   Categories: Supporter stories

Above image: Lion Ward manager Rani Kamaran-Nair, Martin Shittu and Lion Ward staff member, Betty, at the Academy’s awards ceremony

St Paul’s Academy in Greenwich did some fantastic fundraising this year and raised an incredible £2,000 for King’s.

Pupils and staff held a Jersey Day last October, where they wore a sports shirt to school in exchange for donations. The students decided the money raised should go to Lion Ward, where one of their fellow pupils, Martin Shittu, was cared for.

Dedicated supporters

The school has supported King’s since Martin was treated at the hospital for a brain haemorrhage in 2012. Martin, who was in year 7 when he first fell ill, spent 16 weeks on the children’s ward from January 2012.

Thanks to the care he received at King’s and then at a rehabilitation centre in Surrey, Martin was able to return to St Paul’s in autumn of the same year. He has since completed his GCSEs last summer and recently began his sixth form course there.

The Academy has raised over £5,250 since 2012, thanks to their incredible efforts.

‘Colleagues, students and their families have witnessed first-hand the magnificent treatment and facilities provided at the hospital,’ says Principal of the Academy, Patrick Winston.

A special recognition

The money raised from the Jersey Day was presented to Lion Ward Manager, Rani Kamaran-Nair and staff member, Betty at an awards ceremony in November. This was particularly poignant as Rani looked after Martin during his stay on the ward.

‘We hope these recent funds raised will to support Lion Ward’s work in helping change and improve the lives of patients and their families across South London and beyond,’ says Patrick. ‘As an Academy, we will be continuing to fundraise for King’s College Hospital for many years to come.’

Supporting the hospital at school is a great way to fundraise – and so much fun too!  

Find out more about how your school can get involved.


King’s College Hospital Charity. Registered Charity No. 1165593. Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 09987908. Registered address: King’s College Hospital, London SE5 9RS