Your contribution will help us continue our work supporting patients at King’s hospitals. When you make a gift to King’s College Hospital Charity, you are helping to change the lives of thousands of people. Big or small, one off or regular, all donations help.
Donating in memory of a loved one can be a special way to honour a special person during a difficult time. There are many ways you can create a lasting tribute to their memory, while supporting a charity that is dedicated to unforgettable care.
Elena Betts was a fun-loving little girl with an infectious smile, determined to live her short life to the fullest. Taking inspiration from her positive outlook on life, the Betts family launched the Elena Effect – a joint drive to highlight the importance of organ donation and raise money for King’s.
Helen Doyle was rushed to King’s College Hospital A&E from her local GP surgery in late October 2016. Helen, a keen runner, had been struggling to walk due to cramping in her legs but had assumed it was pulled muscles and ignored it. She went to the GP when it became nearly impossible for her to walk and her feet went numb. Doctors at King’s quickly found that the main arteries going to each of Helen’s legs were completely blocked with blood clots.
Organ donation is the gift that keeps on giving, and following a life-changing double liver and kidney transplant at King's College Hospital in 2010, Surjit is the fundraiser that keeps on fundraising!
Everyone has a few key dates that stick in the mind where they can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing - perhaps a birth or marriage; maybe even a momentous world event. For Mark Thornberry that date was the 26th June 2017 – the day he was told that his liver cancer was now terminal and he had six to nine months to live.
Stuart's wife Sarah was admitted to hospital after feeling unwell for a few months and having a high heart rate. After an overnight stay, doctors found a mass on her heart and what appeared to be lesions on her lungs. She had a scan but collapsed while medics were carrying out tests. This turned out to be the last time Sarah's husband and family were able to communicate with her.
Kiko Matthews, 36, nearly died of a life threatening pituitary tumour in 2009 causing Cushing’s disease. The rare condition makes the adrenal glands work overtime and can cause tumours, memory loss, psychosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, insomnia and muscle wastage. By the time Kiko was referred to King’s to have the tumour removed she was very ill. She had a second tumour removed in August 2017.