A group of prominent Irish business people in London have put their heads together to raise funds for a new adult acute ward at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore.
The London Irish Appeal, sponsored by the Kelly Group, will form part of the RNOH’s overall Charity Redevelopment Appeal.
It aims to fund all the specialist equipment for the 32-bedroom ward, which is not covered by standard NHS support. The ward will treat patients including children with a range of complex conditions, such as bone tumours, spinal deformity and sarcoma, a rare form of cancer requiring highly specialised treatment.
Helen Corbett of the Kelly Group explained how the Irish community in London wanted to give something back to the RNOH.
“It’s all about helping the hospital out – many of us have family who have been treated there, it has treated a lot of Irish people over the years,” she said. “It’s also had very little repair since the Second World War and it hasn’t received enough funding.”
Here Princess Eugenie visited the hospital in 2014:
Princess Eugenie visits The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, April 2, 2014.
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Part of the redevelopment will see a number of the extremely dilapidated port-a-kabins and Nissan huts that were constructed in the 1930s be replaced by the new hospital.
Have a look at this beautiful animation, linked to their previous fundraising campaign, and voiced by actor Orlando Bloom. It outlines the work the hospital does:
There will also be drinks, an evening supper and a ten minute film outlining the RNOH’s plans in more detail.
Among the top three centres in the world
Ms Corbett said the launch will also provide attendees with the details of further fundraising events and give them the opportunity to pledge donations.
“There will be a list of events over the next three years to help raise money for the appeal,” she said. “There’ll be a golf day, a dinner dance, a charity cycle and things like that, and I know Seamus Carr is looking to host a race night.
“It’s about putting everything into place; people who have organised events have most things sorted, it’s now just about getting dates in the diary.”
The RNOH is among the top three centres in the world for the diagnosis and treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, including spinal cord injuries, bone cancer and complex hip problems. It treats patients from all over the world, 30 per cent of them children, including people from Ireland.
Professor Briggs said: “This is a tremendously exciting time for the RNOH. The forthcoming approval of the Stanmore redevelopment will mean we will finally be able to build a hospital which befits the quality of the service we provide.”
He explained that the appeal is reliant on charitable support, and has set a target of £15 million by 2018. It has currently raised over £5.8 million of this target and he described the London Irish group’s contribution as “a huge boost”.
Rosie Stolarski, the RNOH Charity’s Director of Fundraising and Development, added: “The funds raised by the London Irish Appeal will, quite simply, transform the experience of the RNOH’s patients.
“They will enable us to purchase a range of equipment which will significantly improve our patients’ comfort, and the quality of care we are able to offer them.
“We cannot thank Tim Kelly and the London Irish group enough for their support.”