London Ambulance Service announces charity link-up

The London Ambulance Service has for the first time officially adopted three Chief Executive’s charities.

Over the next year, the Service will offer its support to the children’s hospices of London:

Every year these hospices care for over 800 children, providing free hospice, respite and residential care, day centres and home-based services. They cost more than £6 million a year to run and rely entirely on fundraising and donations.

London Ambulance Service staff will form partnerships with the hospice closest to their station and will be encouraged to come up with innovative fundraising ideas. Over £1,000 has already been raised by the Service after a collection was held at its recent annual awards bash. Plans are now in the pipeline for a group of motorcycle paramedics to undertake a money-raising motorbike ride from London to Brighton and members of the cycle response unit are organising a 24-hour cycle ride through the Kent woodlands.

Announcing the Service’s involvement with the charities, Chief Executive Peter Bradley said: “London’s children’s hospices are an extremely worthy cause, providing vital services to terminally ill children and their families across the capital. I know that London Ambulance Service staff will do all they can to help these hospices and I look forward to supporting their activities and fundraising events in the future.”

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Notes to editors

About the London Ambulance Service:

  • The London Ambulance Service is the largest free ambulance service in the world, caring for more than a million patients every year. It is the only London-wide NHS Trust, serving approximately 620 square miles, from Heathrow in the west to Upminster in the east, and Enfield in the north to Purley in the south.
  • For further information about the London Ambulance Service or this news release please contact Alison Kerry in the communications department on 020 7921 5113.

About the charities:

  • Shooting Star Children’s Hospice is a new children’s hospice, in Hampton serving children and their families in the West of London and North Surrey. Within this area, there are up to 1,500 children and young people that could benefit from the care services on offer, including residential respite care, end of life palliative care, a hospice at home service and a day centre.
  • Richard House Children’s Hospice provides palliative and respite care, at no cost, to life-limited and life-threatened children and their families. Based on the edge of Docklands, it serves East, Central, South-East and North London. These children, who often have complex disabilities, require constant and demanding care throughout their short, but precious lives and Richard House provides support, understanding and the specialist equipment that can make so much of a difference.
  • The Haven House Foundation provides short-term respite and hospice care to children from North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire. It provides home-based services, particularly supporting play activities for life-limited children, and free loan of specialised toys and other equipment. Set in 24 acres of Epping Forest, Haven House provides a tranquil home-from-home environment where the children and their family members can find support from our multi-disciplinary team.
  • For further information about London’s children’s hospices please contact Communications Manager Sarah Thorne on 020 8481 8187.