Chartwell’s biggest ever achievement

We’re delighted to announce that the long-awaited Croydon University Hospital ‘Rainbow Children’s Unit’ opened its doors on Tuesday 10th May to welcome patients, families and staff alike.

The £7 million unit was opened by Croydon’s most senior nurse, Elaine Clancy, alongside Paediatric Consultant Dr Edward Holloway and Head of Nursing for Children’s Services, Sarah Mclaggan.

Croydon’s joint Chief Nurse and Executive Lead for the project, Elaine Clancy said: “I’m both incredibly proud of all of the people who have been involved in the development of this unit and grateful to the generosity of fundraisers who have supported our children’s cancer unit and state of the art playgrounds, both of which will improve the lives of young people undergoing hospital treatment.”

The name of the new ‘Rainbow Children’s Unit’ was also officially unveiled by five year old Ashani, who won the hospital competition to design and name the unit.


Ashani Mistry, winner of the competition to name and design the logo for the unit. (left)





We did it!

At its heart is the state-of-the-art oncology unit that only exists thanks to the dedication of our supporters. After three years of tireless fundraising, we reached a massive target of £750,000, through The Chartwell Cancer Trust’s Lily Pad Appeal.

The Chartwell Cancer Trust Lily Pad Appeal presenting £750,000 to Croydon University Hospital Chief Nurse Elaine Clancy (left) and CEO Matthew Kershaw (right).


Our greatest achievement!

The £750,000 proceeds from The Chartwell Cancer Trust’s Lily Pad Appeal make up the principal source of funding for the brand new paediatric oncology unit – a crucial part of the £3m capital project to modernise and integrate Acute Paediatric Services within Croydon University Hospital.


A huge heartfelt thank-you to supporters!

This amazing new facility for the borough’s youngest patients will transform care and treatment for generations to come and we are so proud to have played our part in making this happen.

Bringing state of the art oncology facilities to Croydon’s sickest children is an achievement we are proud to have made happen alongside so many dedicated Lily Pad Appeal fundraisers in the borough. It has been a fantastic collaborative effort drawing on the support of individuals and groups from across the community. Thank you so much to our supporters for their dedication and for staying with us throughout our journey. Without your support and fundraising effort through our Lily Pad Appeal, the project would not have gone ahead.


A personal thank you message from Croydon University Hospital to Chartwell Cancer Trust supporters:

Thank you also to those supporters who joined us last week for a preview tour – safe to say we were overwhelmed at the achievement and the legacy all the hard work has created for Croydon.

Ongoing commitment

Our commitment to Croydon is unwavering and we will continue to pour our energies into funding support services, family groups, resources and equipment to ensure that cancer care in Croydon is second to none. Many of our funding partners are already renewing their support and we are reaching out to new prospects all of the time. We have a year packed full of fundraising events and challenges offering individuals, families, groups and businesses in the community so many ways to raise funds with us and keep driving forward towards our target. Please click HERE to view our range of events which has something for everyone to enjoy.