We are delighted to report that design work on the Paediatric Village is progressing well. Building work is expected to commence early January. Phase One will be the building of the inpatient ward and short stay area, Phase Two will be Oncology and High Dependency, and Phase Three Paediatric Recovery (following surgery). The architects have also incorporated a big internal courtyard into the design which is really exciting as it will create some outside space, and more importantly, will bring light into the new unit, which was not part of the originals plans. With the amazing support and community spirit from Croydonians, we have raised over £250,000 towards our goal to reach £750,000 to create the new state-of-the-art Oncology Unit, as part of the redevelopment project. “Croydon has an amazing community spirit and real people power which we need to harness to realise our vision for the borough.” There is still much more to be done to reach our goal and we need your help to get there! We are reaching out to all corners of Croydon – from residents, local councillors, businesses, schools and faith groups to famous faces like star comedian Nish Kumar, our Appeal Ambassador.


A combination of great weather, great food, and a great game led to Day Lewis raising record funds for the Lily Pad Appeal during our annual Golf day on 28th June 2019. The day took place at Bletchingley Golf Club, Surrey, and over 80 players participated. The golfing event was followed up with a mouth-watering Indian BBQ, paving the way for an auction with a few flagship prizes, such as a short stay in a Villa in St Tropez, and a signed Rugby ball. We would like to thank our key business partners without whose support we would not have been able to host the event and collect over £9600 for the charity. The donations were matched pound for pound by the Day Lewis Family, giving a grand total of over £19,000.

Two Fantastic Fundraising Efforts from Supportive Local Team of Accountants

Our friends at local accountancy firm Bells Accountants in Chislehurst have pulled out all the stops over the last few weeks. They not only took part in The Great Positive Path 5K Sponsored Walk around Crystal Palace Park on 29th September 2019 (which really was not a walk in the park for business owner, Joanne Bell who was 7 months pregnant at the time), they also hosted a fantastic Charity Dinner with Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery, to raise money for The Lily Pad appeal, specifically the refurbishment of the new Children’s oncology department at Croydon University Hospital. The black-tie dinner was held on Thursday 10th October 2019 at the Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome and was enjoyed by a great turnout of guests. Everyone was looking glamorous, in good spirits and they all enjoyed the three-course meal, endless supply of drinks, raffle auction and live entertainment. Joanna Bell adds: “We had an absolutely fantastic night and were overwhelmed by the support we received. Thank you to everyone who came to the event or supported the cause in some way. We raised a whopping £10,000 for an amazing charity. You have all made a big difference to the children and local families affected by cancer.”

Thank you Dean Smith

Thank you to Dean Smith for taking part in the Action Challenge 100k South Coast Challenge on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September for the Lily Pad Appeal. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete the entire 100km due to large blisters on the balls of his feed and he was advised not to continue. He managed to complete half of the challenge and received a ‘Half Challenge Medal’. He also raised over an amazing £1710 which he presented to Rachel Rogan outside our charity shop within Croydon University Hospital. Well done Dean, it was still a major achievement! We are very proud of you!


Star Comedian Nish Kumar, Appeal Ambassador for The Lily Pad Appeal
Croydon-born and bred, TV personality Nish Kumar is on a mission to transform cancer care facilities for Croydon’s young people by throwing his support behind the Lily Pad Appeal. As a celebrated stand-up comic and broadcaster increasingly in the spotlight, Nish recently took time out from his busy TV and touring schedule to collaborate with brave young cancer survivor Melissa to spread the word through a series of moving campaign videos, driven by their shared commitment to the borough they both love and call home. “I’m getting behind this appeal because Croydon University Hospital is a really important part of people’s lives in Croydon and I believe that we should do everything we can to support it,” explained Nish. Melissa was a natural in the interviewer’s chair and got the low-down from Nish on everything from growing up in Croydon, his misspent youth, to getting him to spill the beans on ‘The Best Ever joke in the history of Western Civilisation’ (mmm… we are not so sure…). You can find the Nish and Melissa’s campaign videos at https://chartwellcancertrust.co.uk/star-comedian-nish-kumar-gets-behind-the-lily-pad-appeal/ Garden party.


Garden Party
Thank you to Anthea Thorpe for organising a garden party for Trefoil Guild in August in aid of the Lily Pad Appeal. Trefoil Guild, is part of a girl guide movement for adults (female and male). It was a lovely sunny, warm afternoon and extremely well attended by Trefoil Members. Trefoil have invited us to talk to the whole Group next year which we very much look forward to. Andrea also donated glasses, mobile phone cases and hats to our charity pop up shop in Croydon University Hospital, which has been very well received.


Shutter Studio
Throughout October, The Shutter Studio in Beckenham donated £10 from every Plantation Shutter, Made to Measure Blind and Carpentry purchase to the Lily Pad appeal. In addition to this, they fundraised amongst their team to hit their target of £1500. Thank you so much for choosing to support us.

Blankets Galore

W hen we visited the Fellows Court Residential Home in Morland Road in August we were delighted to receive these lovely hand-made knitted blankets, donated by the knitting group for the charity shop in CUH. Thank you!

Thank You Jo

Thank you Jo Bodley for making these wonderful crocheted cuddly frogs for the charity shop in CUH which have proved extremely popular and are ‘leaping’ out of the shop!


Thank you to all customers of the Co-op who frequented their stores in Addiscombe Road, Selhurst, Croydon, South Croydon and Thornton Heath for supporting the Lily Pad Appeal in 2019 through the Co-op Local Community Fund Scheme. With their amazing generosity around £10,200 was raised, a fantastic achievement.

Charity Shop

Our pop up charity shop located in the main reception of Croydon University Hospital is thriving and has a real community feel. The shop not only sells second hand items but plants, marmalade, quilts, and knitted items that have been made and donated. The shop holds regular cakes sales and raffles.

Lily Pad Appeal POEM

You’d walk through hot coals for your child if you could. No ifs or buts or maybe, no might or perhaps, but would. Life’s not fair it seems when cancer’s dealt out a card. Its’ bad enough for an adult but to your child, it’s so hard. To see your children suffer, for a parent it’s bad enough. But your child is all that matters, and that is really tough. To visit them in hospital, to see them day by day by day. Going through their treatment, as you have to look away. The tears you shed and try to help, to make them understand. The pain they’re going through as you hold their tiny hand. There are times you cannot look, you feel their aches and pains. They cannot understand what makes them frail; the strain. Give some comfort on the ward, make their stay a better one. With a life-changing illness such as cancer – this battle should be won. So, to help a child, the Lily Pad Appeal reaches out to me and you. To make things better for little ones, and their parents too. Make a pledge, offer help, big or small, financial of some kind. Give back a little bit and ease their parent’s worried minds. It seems a lot – but £750,000 is what Croydon University Hospital need to find…. Written by an Instagram Supporter of The CCT Lily Pad Appeal

Lily Pad Appeal Donations

Thank you to: Well done to Andreas Kerschbaumer and his son for taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in July. They hiked up Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike and Snowdon all in one day! Thank you for choosing the Lily Pad Appeal and for raising almost £2,000. Carry on Camping Tina Rose from Chartwell Travel who are supporting the Lily Pad Appeal for the year – roughed it out for two nights in a no-frills tent in the wild fields of Dorset. She had no access to mobiles or emails and most importantly no luxuries! It was a fantastic challenge and she raised over a wonderful £3500. Well done and thank you so much for your support. Waitrose Community Matters Programme, East Croydon WELLINGTON REY The Irving Memorial Trust Grant Award Mikhil, Joshua, Bernadette Nirmal for organising a Book Sale at Barclays Bank Whitgift Library In memory of Jean Allen Sally O’Connell and her ERS team for selling plants at CUH Oasis Coulsdon Sweet Sale