Each year Parental Choice chooses a family-centred charity which is local to us in South West London to highlight their work in the lead-up to Christmas.
This year, we are delighted to tell you about the brilliant Christmas campaign being run by Kingston-based Momentum.
Momentum Children’s Charity supports families across South West London, Surrey and West Sussex, whose children are facing cancer or a life-challenging condition. They partner with local hospitals to offer personally tailored support to the entire family through their support workers, both in hospital and in the home.
Momentum’s support services include counselling, creative therapies, special experiences and respite breaks. They also improve the environment for children treated in hospital with children’s ward refurbishments, transforming bare, clinical areas into bright, child-friendly spaces.
This year, Momentum has joined forces with The Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise funds for hospital room makeovers in their partner hospitals.
They’re calling on their supporters, and those local to these hospitals, to join in the Big Give Challenge and double their money by donating to the appeal between Tuesday 1st December and Tuesday 8th December, where every single donation made through their Christmas appeal page will be matched. One donation, twice the impact.
Paediatric ward refurbishments are some of the biggest projects that the charity undertakes, to help improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of the children, and their families, who they support. They’re also the projects which need the most funding to bring to life. As the charity receives no government funding, initiatives like The Big Give Christmas – the UK’s biggest match funding campaign – are a real lifeline to the charity.
Hospitals can sometimes be bare and clinical places, and for children already going through the alien experience of a cancer diagnosis and gruelling treatment, it can make hospitals an incredibly daunting place to be. Paediatric refurbishments transform these spaces to be bright, cheerful and child-friendly – a transformation that goes far beyond the four walls of the hospital; changing a child’s approach to treatment, their healing and even their memories of this time.
“I don’t even mind having my chemotherapy if I’m in Momentum’s pirate room as I love looking at all the pictures and imagining I’m somewhere less frightening.” Child being treated for cancer
There is more information on the work of Momentum Children’s Charity on their website.
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