Liberty Living present over £40,000 to the Royal Marsden Hospital

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A small team from Liberty Living visited our friends this week at The Royal Marsden Hospital to present them with a cheque for over £40,000 which was raised by our team of 33 triathletes. The money will be going towards a £150,000 project to build the only outdoor space for the 600 in-patients each year who will spend significant amounts of time at the Oak Centre for Children and Young People, receiving treatment or recovering from surgery. The hospital have currently raised close to £140,000 for project. The Oak Centre has single bed isolation rooms as well as shared bay areas, there is a kitchen space for parents, a school room and an outside space for the older children and teenagers to use. Currently however there is very limited outside space for younger patients to play safely or for parents to relax.

Creating this garden has been a complex undertaking because there are many factors for the project team to consider; the garden will see a very wide range of people, with differing ages, needs, abilities and immune systems. Some flowers for example, can be toxic to patients with very low immune systems so plants have been vigilantly selected to prevent any patients being at risk.

Ella Gracie’s Garden at The Royal Marsden in Sutton will be a relaxing and safe outside space for their patients to use whilst The Oak Centre is their home. Visiting siblings will have space to play and parents will have an area to relax and be away from the ward environment when they need a break. The Oak Centre for Children and Young People is an exceptional place, leading the way in new treatments and therapies for young people with cancer and run by a highly skilled and dedicated team. Their patients deserve the very best facilities to accompany the world class care that The Royal Marsden offers and this garden will be the finishing touch to a very special centre for their youngest cancer patients and their families.

This is Liberty Living’s second major fundraising for the Royal Marsden Hospital, and once again it was led by our inspirational Regional Operations Manager, Gary Nathan who even learned to swim so that he himself could participate in the sprint triathlon. Congratulations to all of the fundraising team – we’re very proud of you.