Back in 2009 my husband Jim and I lost our first daughter Ella-Jayne to a congenital heart defect. It was an incredibly distressing, life changing time for us and when we finally recovered from the horror of it all we felt an overpowering need to help the people that had given us the short time we’d had with Ella-Jayne.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southampton hospital is where Ella-Jayne spent almost half of her life, and consequently it became home to us too. During our time at the hospital Jim and I had the privilege to witness first hand this incredible unit in action.
The compassion, professionalism and skill of the clinicians that worked there was awe-inspiring. What was also astounding was how desperately they depended on fundraising to provide all the equipment and bed spaces they needed.
So in 2014, The Murray Parish Trust was founded to make sure that this essential unit has the best, up-to-date lifesaving equipment it needs, and the space to use it in.
Jim & I, along with the support and help of our partners, have raised nearly £400,000 for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Southampton. These vital funds have gone directly towards funding a full time counsellor for parents whose children have been admitted to the unit, a specialist helicopter gurney designed to transport critically ill infants to and from the hospital on-board the children’s air ambulance and the provision of 2 new bed spaces
“There is only one way to numb the pain of losing a child and that is to help other children. To try and make a difference to their lives and help give them the future they deserve.”
Sarah & Jim
Where the Money We Raise Goes
We are dedicated to raising funds for paediatric facilities not only in Southampton but across all of Hampshire, The Isle of Wight, Dorset, West Sussex, Devon, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and The Channel Islands.
Our latest challenge is to raise £4 million for a brand new Paediatric Emergency & Trauma Department (A&E) based in Southampton to cover the entire South of England and The Channel Islands. After a very successful #SayYesGeorge campaign, the Chancellor George Osborne agreed in his spring budget to fund-matching our cause. The government have pledged £2 million so it is our mission to raise the additional £2 million and make this new, life-saving department a reality.
You can read more about the #SayYesGeorge campaign here.