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Members of the finance team who take on fundraising, left to right: Andy Ray, Claire Shaw, Helen Mattock, Dee Harris and Clair Grayston


Young patients are already benefitting from more child-friendly surroundings as the Polly Parrot Appeal celebrates exceeding its fundraising target of £250,000.

Following the seventh successful annual Polly Parrot Charity Ball on Saturday 29 July, the appeal has raised a grand total of £284,674.57. In the name of charity people have abseiled, skydived, baked, walked, hiked, run, crafted, danced, swung golf clubs, ridden rollercoasters and sweated in the Polly Parrot costume.

The fundraising has paid for improvements including amazing sensory and distraction equipment, artwork on the walls and latest tech, such as games consoles, to make younger patients feel as welcomed, relaxed and comfortable as they can be.


Helen Mattock, capital and technical accountant, said: “We just want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the Polly Parrot Appeal over the past seven years.


“This year’s charity ball, with its 204 guests, the highest number we’ve ever had, was the icing on the cake of an already amazing effort by our staff, patients, business partners and local community, to give back to their local hospital.

“We’ve have already spent money and improved so many areas within Basildon and Orsett Hospitals that treat our younger patients, and we have lots more plans afoot.”


There is still more to do and the appeal will continue. The latest project to be unveiled shortly is the refurbished play room on Puffin ward and future plans include refurbishing the parent’s room on our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Plus there is the ongoing maintenance of Polly’s Pad.


Clare Culpin, managing director, said: “There are a few members of the finance team who have taken on the responsibility of fundraising for the Trust and their hard work and effort is astonishing. I want to thank them, as well as the many people who have supported the appeal over the years.


“It’s lovely this appeal has really got the backing of local companies, and people who are investing in their local hospital services, that will treat and care for their children and grandchildren. By making the environment more welcoming and child friendly, the Polly Parrot Appeal really does make a huge difference to the young patients and their families, who use it.”


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