Imperial Health Charity’s Wishing Tree Appeal
What is the Wishing Tree Appeal?
Imperial Health Charity’s Wishing Tree Appeal is raising money to support hospital patients and their families facing financial crisis this Christmas.
Every penny donated to this year’s appeal will go towards the charity’s hardship fund, which awards emergency grants to help patients and their loved ones at St Mary’s and the four other London hospitals of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Who is the appeal helping?
The appeal will provide essential funds to help keep families together this Christmas.
The money we raise will be used to help cover household bills, food and clothing costs, as well as travel and accommodation fees so that friends and family can be there to offer much-needed support during a long stay in hospital.
Last year the hardship fund awarded a total of £74,000 to help dozens of patients cover sudden and unexpected costs arising from their time in hospital.
Tom Simpson will celebrate his 18th birthday this Christmas - two years after doctors warned his family he might not survive a rare blood disease.
The Simpson family travelled from Northern Ireland to London so that Tom could undergo a bone marrow transplant at St Mary's, but a series of complications caused the procedure to fail, with Tom's life hanging in the balance.
Against the odds, a second transplant was successful and Tom was eventually able to return home after a year in London.
During this time the Simpsons received emergency financial support from the hardship fund so that Tom's parents, Paul and Linda, could cover their living costs and stay with Tom throughout his treatment.
Paul said: "When your whole world is caving in and you are 100 per cent focused on your child, the charity's support took the financial pressure away. It removed another layer of stress on top of what we were already dealing with."
How can I help?
You can visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk to make a £5 donation towards the appeal and write a personal bauble message that we will hang from our Christmas Wishing Trees – there’s one at each of our hospitals!
If you would like to raise money towards the appeal by taking part in one of our fundraising events or organising one of your own, call 020 3640 7766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org