We are so proud to share the news that we have reached another major fundraising milestone for The Lily Pad Appeal transferring a further £100,000 to Croydon NHS Trust. This takes our total funding support to a massive £400,000 – the largest sum we have ever raised.

Progress is moving well, paving the way for Croydon’s new children’s cancer unit. Since the start of 2021, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust’s new dedicated unit for children and young people has taken shape even further. Groundworks and drainage installations are now complete in a number of the existing buildings, paving the way for the start of groundworks for a brand-new building, which joins the whole unit together.

Alongside this, contractors Logan Construction have made huge progress on the extension of the ‘Kenley’ corridor, the foundations of which are almost complete, allowing the start of the brickwork and roof installation over the coming weeks and months. Of course, the Paediatric Integrated Unit would not be complete without the staff providing care and this month, the Trust has started work on an exciting recruitment plan, which hopes to bring the best and brightest nursing talent into the borough.

Alongside dedicated oncology nurses, the team will be recruiting to senior and newly qualified nursing roles, as well as play specialists who offer much needed support and distraction to young people throughout their time in hospital.


Head of Nursing Sarah has worked for Croydon Health Services for almost 19 years. As well as supporting her teams to care for Croydon’s young people, Sarah is bringing her 24 years of clinical expertise to the development of the Paediatric Integrated Unit. The unit will provide two specialist oncology cubicles and a day chemotherapy service, allowing children with cancer and complex care needs to be treated closer to home than ever before. It will also house a garden of reflection for families to take a calming moment to relax during some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Sarah told us: “This unit gives us the chance to bring together all of our children’s hospital services in one place and provide the best possible facilities for us to look after our young people. Alongside this, we’re going to be recruiting even more talented children’s nurses to Croydon, including two dedicated children’s oncology nurses.  
“It’s an incredibly exciting time and we can’t wait to expand our team and the services we’re able to offer to young people when they need us the most.

As an active fundraiser for the Lilypad Appeal herself, Sarah is keen to thank fellow supporters who are helping to make the Trust’s ambition a reality:

“We’re incredibly grateful to the supporters of Chartwell Cancer Trust for everything they are doing. We are completely committed to providing the best possible care for every child and every penny raised, and every walk or run completed for charity, helps to take us one step closer.”