Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a wonderful event that was not only local to me (hello no 4 hour round trip to London) but it was also for a cause that is extremely close to my heart.
As a mama of little ones the thought of having to whisk them down to a&e just doesn’t bear thinking about. Jasper has already had two trips in his 4 years of life (it’s safe to say there will be no more jumping on the bed) but we’ve been so fortunate to be in and out with nothing but a bit of medical glue to his head. However situations can be so much worse and that’s why I was so eager to hear all about Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity’s current £2 million project for the Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department.
Currently over 70% of adult a&e patients are there as a result of alcohol, drug use or mental health issues and being so closely linked to the children department this can cause a lot of stress for families and make a childs already scary visit so much more so. Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity are already hard at work transforming the Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department into something that is not only functional and built for purpose but also pretty magical; but of course they still have a way to go to reach their £2 million target and I was so excited to find out how I could help raise awareness and be a part of that transformation that we may one day need to use ourselves.
So during the month of May Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity are encouraging people to hold a #dineatmine dinner party. The idea is that instead of going out to a restaurant to eat with your friends and family, potentially spending over £50 per head; you invite them round to eat at yours – it could be a fancy 3 course meal, a picnic or a BBQ in this lush weather and the money you save from eating out can be donated to an amazing cause!
What’s amazing about the campaign is that the government is matching every £1 donation made so whatever contribution you give you know it’s being doubled in an instant!
I’m so excited to follow along with the project and am already thinking about hosting a #dineatmine event once we’re back from our travels this Summer; will you be hosting one too?
Thank you so much to Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity, Room2 and Shelina Permalloo for a wonderful evening and thanks to you guys for taking the time to read and find out a little more about the appeal!
*This event was complimentary but all opinions in this post are my own