Toys, new equipment and decorative artwork were bought for the Philip Isaacs Ward at King’s Variety Children’s Hospital thanks to the fundraising efforts of Laura Farnham, a junior sister on the ward. It cares for children who are acutely or chronically unwell.
A passion for patients
Laura is determined to give the best care to children in hospital in a friendly, welcoming environment. She and her team have raised money to enable the purchase of toys and games for a variety of age groups, baby equipment including changing mats and bottle warmers, and decorative artwork for the walls.
“Hospitals can look very clinical and scary, even to adults, so we try to make improvements through the eyes of a child. By listening to the children’s views, we do our best to deliver a better and more supportive hospital visit.” – Laura Farnham, junior sister, Philip Isaacs Ward
The team’s efforts also allowed the ward to buy two portable oxygen saturation monitors. These measure the amount of oxygen in the blood, which is an important indicator of a child’s health. They are used every day and, Laura says, the children find them less intrusive than other monitors.
“As our service develops and grows, the money has been put to good use,” she added.
Among the activities Laura organised were a skydive and regular events such as bake sales, raffles and clothes sales. Laura and her team consult the children on the ward to see how the money raised will be best spent.
“Our fundraising mission is to enhance our current environment and make it more suited to the diverse range of patients we see,” she said.
“It’s really great to see where my money goes directly, but I do realise how quickly it can go with regard to hospital equipment, which can be expensive or wear out. That’s why fundraising is important.”