Chelsea hospital charity given garden makeover boost


A Chelsea charity which supports sick children while they’re in hospital is planning a garden makeover after winning £1,000 worth of materials.

The Brompton Fountain scooped the prize from leading decorating and DIY specialists Leyland SDM through the Give London a Lift campaign.

Each month, Leyland SDM is presenting two good causes with £1,000 credit to spend at one of its 30 stores across the capital.

The Brompton Fountain helps children receiving treatment at The Royal Brompton Hospital, which is a specialist heart and lung medical centre in London.

The charity will now visit Leyland SDM’s Earl’s Court store on Old Brompton Road to buy the materials it needs to revamp its garden space.

Isaac Parker, Family Support Manager at The Brompton Fountain, said: “We are thrilled to receive this prize from Leyland SDM.

“We are committed to helping children and their families during their time in hospital. We provide vital support, medical equipment and services which are not normally supplied by the NHS and work closely with the hospital teams within the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and children’s wards.

“One of things we’re particularly keen to do is to improve the outdoor courtyard area, which gives the children a place to get some fresh air and play during their stay.

“These materials will help us breathe new life into that area by painting benches and installing a new mosaic. These little things make a huge difference.”

Leyland SDM has 10 prizes of £1,000 in-store credit to be won through Give London a Lift – which is being backed by former England and Arsenal footballer Paul Merson – until October.

Paul Gerreli, marketing director at Leyland SDM, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support The Brompton Fountain through Give London a Lift.

“Spending time in hospital is difficult for anyone – and even more so for children. This charity does fantastic work in making their stay a little bit more bearable.

“Our knowledgeable team at our Earl’s Court store will make sure they have all the materials they need to make the garden look fantastic.

“Give London a Lift is open to entries until the end of October so I’d urge more groups to apply to see if we can help.”

Organisations can apply online each month, detailing why they believe they would by worthy recipients of the £1,000, and winners will be chosen by a team of judges.

The money can be spent on anything from paint to tools and electrical wiring to plumbing parts.

Applications can be made on the Leyland SDM website