The Murray Parish Trust #2MillionSteps Appeal

Our mission: 2 million steps to raise £2 million in 2 years

In June 2016 we announced the launch of #2MillionSteps, our nationwide appeal to build a state of the art, children’s emergency and trauma department at University Hospital Southampton – which serves the South of England and the Channel Islands. Building on the recent success of our previous campaign to raise £300,000 to expand the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and add more bed spaces, this project was one of three chosen by George Osborne in the 2016 Spring budget to receive match funding.

To date, University Hospital Southampton has committed £800,000 to the project. Through our #2MillionSteps campaign, The Murray Parish Trust, in partnership with Southampton Hospital Charity, will strive to raise the remaining £2 million over the next two years ensuring the development of this much-needed department commences as planned.

Become part of the 2 million feet…

There are a variety of fundraising options available, from one off donations to suggested initiatives and social media interaction.

With a whole series of events planned we kicked off the campaign with the Rookwood Festival on June 4th 2016 (#2milliondancingfeet), followed soon after by an evening with Robert Hardy on July 8th and not forgetting the extravagant Odd Ball on November 19th. The fun didn’t stop there though as 2017 saw the very first Ginormous Teddy Bears Picnic with schools, nurseries and many others hostinf their very own picnics to raise funds for the appeal. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out how you can support #2MillionSteps.

Discover ways to Get Involved and support The Murray Parish Trust and help us raise the £2 million needed!

The new department will become a major trauma centre delivering life-saving and acute specialist care for critically ill children from across nine different regions, stretching from Devon to West Sussex, Oxfordshire to The Channel Islands.

You can view the official #2MillionSteps campaign video here.

“I worked closely with The Murray Parish Trust and Southampton Hospital Charity to make a successful case for this guaranteed match funding. This fantastic venture will not only offer much needed coverage across the South of England and, in time, become an important part of the local economy, but will be a big step in rebalancing paediatric emergency departments across the entire country.”

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine

Why do we need this…

The current children’s A&E is located in the middle of a busy adult emergency department. The area was originally designed for adults with minor injuries and as such space is limited and there are only four trolley bays, one isolation cubicle and an observation area with space for only three children. Only two of the resuscitation areas are equipped for children, and the Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) is located four floors above the children’s A&E. The separation of the children’s A&E and PAU leads to duplication of facilities and a fragmented approach to the delivery of acute care.


The creation of a dedicated paediatric emergency and trauma department would allow for a dedicated children’s reception, triage and waiting area. An eight bedded observation area, 11 glass fronted, sound proofed cubicles, a large observed treatment area, a dedicated nurse practitioner room, children’s x-ray plus supporting staff facilities. This will transform the patient care for precious children from across nine regions in the South of England.

“This is our biggest and most exciting appeal to date. Southampton University Hospital covers most of Southern England, a huge and densely populated area. It’s so important that we give our children the best possible medical resources.

It’s very easy to concentrate on our central city hospitals, they are well renowned and incredible indeed, but there is no excuse for this hospital to be rated anywhere under Great Ormond Street or Evelina Hospital. We are delighted to be given this challenge.”Sarah Parish & Jim Murray

#2MillionSteps Press Launch June 7th 2016…

On June 7th 2016 The Murray Parish Trust officially launched the #2MillionSteps campaign. It began with a visit to the House of Commons where George Osborne reiterated his pledge to match fund £2 million to be raised by us for the establishment of a new Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department at University Hospital Southampton.

The Murray Parish Trust would like to thank everyone who has helped us get this far. If you would like to Get involved and help us raise the £2 million needed then please Contact us, we would love to hear from you.