We are delighted to share the recent announcement with you published by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust to mark the start of the construction work on the Paediatric Village at the hospital.

We are so proud to be named as the key fundraising partner on this project which is our biggest challenge yet!

Statements from both the medical teams and the Executive at the NHS Trust underline the vital importance of this project and strengthen our resolve to reach our target of £750,000 through The Lily Pad Appeal.

“Croydon is home to one of the Capital’s youngest populations and we’re committed to ensuring that we adapt to the needs of those that we care for at every age. This project has been an ambition of ours for a number of years and we’re delighted to finally be moving forward with our new children’s unit. This much needed funding boost will undoubtedly improve the care we provide to all of our young people, now and into the future. Alongside this, our new children’s oncology unit which is being supported by Chartwell Cancer Trust’s Lilypad Appeal, will allow us to look after children living with cancer in a modern, welcoming environment close to home, reducing any additional stress during an incredibly difficult time in their lives.” 

Dr Edward Holloway, Consultant Paediatrician at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and clinical lead.


“Our paediatric teams look after over 51,900 children and young people each year, both in the hospital and in our community.

“As we see the number of young people in the borough increase, we need to ensure that our services reflect their needs and the growing complexities in their health conditions. Our new children’s unit is one part of this vital work, as we bring hospital and community services as well as local GPs, social care and the voluntary groups, to provide joined up care for the people of Croydon.

“We’ll be working directly with young people and their families, as well as our staff, to ensure this unit provides the best possible facilities for them, helping to make Croydon the best place for the borough’s children to be treated.”

The Trust’s Chief Executive and Place-Based Leader for Health Matthew Kershaw


The full Press Release can be read here