A successful Charity that raises equipment for children at Orsett and Basildon Hospitals has smashed its fundraising target by over £30,000.
The Polly Parrot Appeal was launched in 2010 with the aim of raising £100,000 for additional equipment for the first purpose-built children’s A&E department in Essex, located at Basildon.
Following the seventh successful annual Polly Parrot Charity Ball the appeal has now raised a total of £284,674.57.
Helen Mattock, Capital and Technical Accountant for Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We just want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the Polly Parrot Appeal over the past seven years.
“This year’s charity ball, with its 204 guests, the highest number we’ve ever had, was the icing on the cake of an already amazing effort by our staff, patients, business partners and local community and schools, to give back to their local hospital.
“We have already spent money and improved so many areas within Basildon and Orsett Hospitals that treat our younger patients, and we have lots more plans afoot.”
The latest project, to be unveiled shortly, is the refurbished play room on puffin ward and future plans include refurbishing the parent’s room on our neo-natal intensive care unit.
The fundraising has paid for improvements including amazing sensory and distraction equipment, artwork on the walls, books, toys and latest tech to make younger patients feel welcome and comfortable.
The charity has developed Polly’s Pad, a self-contained three bedroom house for use by families of sick children and babies in the neo-natal intensive care unit. This provides space for parents to get some respite without straying too far away from their child.
Claire Culpin, Managing Director of the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “There are a few members of the finance team who have taken on the responsibility of fundraising for the Trust and their hard work and effort is astonishing. I want to thank them for their support. “