This winter, we're providing a touch of calm at King's, supporting projects that benefit both patients coming through its doors and staff who provide incredible care.
Creating calm for patients
We're proud to support initiatives that create a calming atmosphere for patients coming into hospital, making their experience that little bit better.
Comfortable A&E waiting rooms
Thanks to your support, we've contributed £52,000 towards bespoke artwork, lighting and furniture, as part of King's work to transform the Majors area of the Emergency Department at Denmark Hill.
Christmas can be a peak time for accidents, so this refurbishment comes at the perfect time.
A place for parents to relax
Thanks to fundraising by Evie Dove's family, we've completely transformed the parents' room on the Elizabeth and Lion ward at Denmark Hill.
Evie tragically lost her life to a brain tumour in March 2022, at just 13 years old. Determined to give back to the incredible staff who cared for Evie and to support other families, Evie's family bravely took on a series of fundraising challenges to go towards a complete refurbishment of the parents' room on the Elizabeth and Lion Ward, where Evie stayed. Her family and friends have walked, ran, cycled, swam, raffled, quizzed, custarded and comedied their way to over £33,000 towards the refurbishment.
The existing space has been reconfigured to improve the layout and create more room. It's been kitted with a brand-new TV, fridge, microwaves and other kitchen essentials. The carefully designed interior has plush seating, artwork and mood lighting to create a sanctuary away from the wards, giving parents a private space to recharge in a comfortable and calming environment.
Most importantly, the room is painted in Evie's favourite colours of soothing pinks, instilling warm and comforting feelings for parents who want to feel like they aren't in hospital - just for a short while.
Creating calm for staff
As we cosy up for the winter months, King's staff don't stop. Here's what we're doing to bring staff some peace.
Celebrating our staff
King's really would be nothing without its staff. The achievements of the nurses, doctors, ambulance staff, therapists, porters, caterers and countless others go above and beyond every day, showing tenacity and dedication to providing the best care possible to every patient.
We are thrilled to fund an evening dedicated to celebrating these achievements and giving King's staff the recognition they deserve.
This year, we had the honour of Double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes presenting the awards evening as a guest host. Kelly has a personal connection to King's, with her mum cared for here. She is also involved with the Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA) charity, which supports the King's haemotology service.
Deck the wards
To brighten up the holidays for staff this year, we're providing festive decorations for staff to decorate their ward or patient areas.
A space for staff wellbeing
With generous support from the Kusuma Trust, we've transformed an existing room into a calm, peaceful space for King's staff to escape and speak to a professional when they feel distressed or overwhelmed.
The freshly refurbished and decorated room provides a relaxing environment for staff needing some peace and quiet. We've also funded trained psychologists and social support workers to give staff specialist psychological support.