A quartet of Millwall's first-team squad visited King's College Hospital on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their visit to The Den on Friday as The Lions take on Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 1pm).
When it comes to critical care, King’s College Hospital saves more lives than anywhere else in the UK. It treats the sickest patients, suffering from major injuries, cancer or stroke. Many will need immediate surgery or a transplant to save their lives.
The Hospital is creating a purpose built state-of-the-art Critical Care Centre to increase the number of lives saved and improve the quality of each person's life. Joined by Dr Thomas Best (Consultant in intensive care medicine), Anne McLoone (Matron in Critical Care), Lauren Levy (Community Fundraising Manager) and Rebecca Kingdom-Kruszewski (Head of Communications), Aiden O'Brien, Ben Thompson, Jed Wallace, Lee Gregory and fellow Lions staff were on hand to find out about the Support Life Appeal that aims to raise £2.6m for the following elements of the centre:
- The world's first outdoor critical care facility with specialist life-supporting equipment, providing patients with access to fresh air and natural light and keep them in touch with the outside world during stays that can last weeks or months.
- An uplifting clinical environment with specially commissioned artwork to create a therapeutic healing environment to speed recovery.
- New bedside technology for patients so that they can speak to and see their loved ones through video calling and social media, to help prevent social isolation.
- Facilities for education, training and research so that the hospital can continue to improve the quality of care.
Those in attendance also visited the Hospital's helipad.
Before the game on Friday, volunteers will be holding bucket collections around The Den to raise further funds towards an extremely worthy cause. Please dig deep.
There are many other ways that you can support and give patients and their families the best possible healing environment during their time in critical care.
King’s College Hospital Charity, registered charity number 1165593.