March 08, 2016

Contact lens manufacturer donates funds to help Southampton General Hospital care for child cancer patients

Southampton, United Kingdom, 8 March 2016 — Global contact lens manufacturer, CooperVision, recently presented a cheque for eight thousand pounds to representatives of the Piam Brown Ward which is the Regional Paediatric Oncology and Haematology Unit for Wessex, based at Southampton General Hospital.

Attending on behalf of CooperVision, Said El-Hajjar, Leah Curphey and Adam McCartney met with and Rachel Funnell from Piam Brown on 23 February 2016 to present the money to the ward which caters for children with all types of cancer up to the age of 16 years old.

Taking place at CooperVision’s headquarters in Delta Park, Fareham, the various charity events which took place over the course of 2015 included an Easter raffle, art competition, sweet sales, staff fun day, office fundraising day, end of year prize draw and additional individual staff fundraising events.

This latest donation follows on from previous fundraising initiatives in 2013 and 2014, bringing the total raised for the ward to nearly thirty thousand pounds. So far, the money raised has been used to help equip a teenagers’ room where patients can socialize with friends outside of a hospital environment; redecorate the children’s play room with new furniture and a projected TV on the floor for interactive games; purchase reclining chairs for parents staying with their children overnight and provide a new industrial washing machine and dryer.

Speaking on behalf of Piam Brown, Rachel Funnell, Charity Fund and Events Coordinator said: “We are extremely grateful to CooperVison for the efforts they have gone to over recent years to raise funds for the ward.

“The money kindly raised by CooperVision in 2015 is planned to go towards new kitchen and parent facilities for family members, as well as essentials for the children such as books, toys and games, day trips and organised activities.

As with all charity donations, the money will also support the resourcing of specialist equipment and staff such as our paediatric oncology outreach nurse specialists who are completely funded by the charity. So without the help of companies like CooperVision we really would be unable to provide the level of care the children need.”

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