Severn Trent Community Fund helps transform a patient room at Leicester Children’s Hospital

Thursday 27th 2021

Severn Trent’s Community Fund has awarded £74,813 to help transform a room in Leicester Children’s Hospitals Cardiac Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The Fund supported the hospital to help create a rooms with the children and families in mind, designed to make their stay at the hospital more bright, comfortable and child-friendly.

The Severn Trent Community Fund room, is a new patient bedroom that will be used for infants and young children, who require support and would benefit from a room that is quieter, and calmer, that’s also clinically equipped to suit the needs of those staying.

The Fund supported the transformation of one of the units, helping the hospital towards reaching its goal in becoming the East Midlands’ first ever dedicated children’s hospital.

Sue Heyes from Severn Trent’s Community Fund said: “One of the reasons we decided to create our Community Fund was to make a real difference, and this project was one that touched the hearts of all of us.“Our panel were passionate about supporting this project, as they know just how incredibly difficult times can be for children in hospital, so wanted to do what they can to help make their stay that little bit easier.

“The fund saw the room decorated as well as reclining chairs provided for parents so they can sleep next to their child. It was really important to us that we were able to help provide the comfort needed during what would be a traumatic time in their young lives.

“To go and visit the hospital, to see how much it will make a difference and meet some of the children was an incredibly touching experience, and I’m so please that we’ve been able to help make such a positive difference in these wonderful children’s lives.”

Louise Jones, Head of Philanthropy, Leicester Hospitals Charity said: “We are so grateful to Severn Trent Community Fund for supporting the Leicester Children’s Hospital Appeal with such a generous grant.  “The Severn Trent Community Fund Room on the Cardiac Paediatric Intensive Care Unit will be home to some of our most poorly children as our world-renowned paediatric cardiac specialists give them the treatment they need in this fantastic new facility.

“We are so thankful to Severn Trent Community Fund for their generosity and for helping us to take this important step towards making our dream of the East Midlands’ first ever dedicated children’s hospital a reality.”

Severn Trent recently released it’s first Community Fund Review, where it shared that it’s awarded a total of £559,430 to 48 organisations across Leicestershire from April 2020 to April 2021.

The Severn Trent Community Fund is overseen by an independent Panel, made up of Severn Trent customers, who review applications and who decide where the money goes.

From 2020 it is committed to awarding more than £10m over 5 years to support local charity and community groups to help support projects and ideas that improve wellbeing across three key themes – People, Place and Environment.