The Murray Parish Trust

A calm space for children before brain surgery

We aim to create a child-friendly, tranquil space within a new cutting edge, integrated MRI and Operating Suite at Southampton Children’s Hospital. A calm area where families can hold each other close as their child is prepared for brain surgery.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1155623)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£37,500

Amount raised

£11,296

Time left

2 days

Donations

47

Championed by The Reed Foundation

    Category

  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)

Location

United Kingdom

  • “The iMRI Suite will transform how we perform brain surgery, giving critically ill children the very best chance at life. This area is such an important part - giving a calm space for us to prepare a child for surgery with their family holding their hand.”

    — Aabir Chakreborty, Consultant Neurosurgeon

  • "As a Mum who has gone through the trauma of my child having major and urgent surgery, I know this space will make a huge difference for families and children when they are absolutely terrified."

    — Sarah Parish, The Murray Parish Trust - Founder

Situation

Every year 300 children need life saving, urgent brain surgery at Southampton Children’s Hospital. A new cutting edge Intra-Operative MRI Suite will transform how brain surgery is performed and increase survival rates, particularly for children with cancer. In the moments before surgery, families experience unbearable stress, fear and anxiety whilst their child is prepared for the operation as they face an unknown outcome.

Solution

Our Christmas Challenge campaign aims to create a child-friendly, tranquil space within the new intra-operative MRI Suite. A space where families can hold each other close as their child has a cannula put into their hand. A space which feels calm, with artwork and lights that distract a child when they feel terrified. A space which makes everything feel a little less distressing.