Lawyers’ fundraising efforts help Derriford Hospital improve support for families
The families of children receiving intensive care treatment at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth are set to benefit from new and improved facilities after lawyers swapped their suits for hiking boots to tackle a major fundraising challenge.
Specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell climbed the three Welsh peaks of Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan in under 24 hours in July this year in order to raise funds for the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund.
The charity supports the Children and Young People’s Health Directorate at Derriford Hospital and lawyers from Irwin Mitchell were recently invited to celebrate the opening of new family rooms and a bathroom which were refurbished thanks to their fundraising efforts.
The facilities will enable the loved ones of children on the High Dependency Unit to stay close to them throughout their time on the Unit, providing comfort at an incredibly difficult time.
James Davies, a Partner and serious injury expert at Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office who attended the opening of the new rooms, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to support Derriford Hospital through our recent fundraising challenge.
“Tackling the Welsh Three Peaks was a gruelling effort, we walked 17 miles and climbed 8,000 feet, but knowing that it was raising vital funds for such a good cause helped to drive us all forward. We know from our work supporting families how demanding those first few weeks can be, and we truly hope that these facilities will help to make a difference, It is fantastic to see our donation being used in such an important way.”
Sue Rodgers at Children’s Happy Hospital Fund, said: “We would like to thank Irwin Mitchell for their generous support over the last year. They have helped us refurbish our parents’ shower room and to create relaxing parent bedrooms by adding paintings, new beds and useful facilities such as TVs.
“These are the additional resources that we want to provide for parents of children that are in the CHDU for long periods of time and they can truly make all of the difference. Thank you all for your hard work.”