Pickfords Southampton helps children’s cancer unit with refurbishment project

A big thank-you to Pickfords’ Southampton branch who recently lent a hand to Southampton General Hospital’s Wessex Children’s Cancer Unit, packing, storing and returning sofas, televisions, toys and equipment during the refurbishment of their play room and school room / teenager’s area on the Paim Brown Ward.

The play room and social area are great resources for children and young people undergoing treatment or visiting friends or family on the ward, but staff and users recognised that the facilities were no longer fit for purpose and in dire need of renovating and redecorating.

A complete refurbishment project was funded through donations from local families and supporters, but unfortunately there was no budget for the moving and storage of the furniture and equipment. With no room to store at the hospital, the Paim Brown Ward approached Pickfords’ Southampton branch, who were more than happy to volunteer their services.

Pickfords packed the contents of the rooms into cartons, removing everything from the site ahead of the refurbishment. The equipment was delivered to Pickfords’ local storage centre in Eastleigh for the duration of the project, before being dropped off again ahead of the grand reopening a few weeks later.

playroom2 april 2014

Rachel Funnell, Charity Co-ordinator at the Ward, got in touch after the move:

“Dear Nick and the team,

On behalf of all the families and staff on Piam Brown Ward, I am writing to thank you very much indeed for your generous donation of packing, storing and returning all the equipment and furniture from our play room and school room.

Your team were fabulous, Paul Stephen, Rory and Terry all worked so hard for us. All the staff on the ward really do appreciate your support, thank you.”

The Piam Brown Ward treats over 100 new children from 1 day old to 16 years old each year. The refurbishment was part of a project by Southampton Hospital Charity to enhance the world class facilities provided at Southampton General and the Princess Anne Hospitals by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) to some 1.3 million people living in Southampton and South Hampshire.