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EMR supports daring 200km row

7 June 2018

Metal recycler, EMR based on Princes Street, has sponsored a team of dedicated staff, from Southampton’s Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department, to take on the mammoth challenge of rowing from Jersey to Southampton this weekend (8 - 9June).

The team of 12 will be conquering the 200km row which mirrors the patient journey from Jersey to Southampton for trauma cases brought from the Channel Islands over to its major trauma centre in Southampton.

Money raised will go towards Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity leading appeal: the creation of a new, state of the art and specialised Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department. The new department is expected to see over 30,000 children each year and will transform emergency care across the south of England, including the Channel Islands.

The row will take approximately 20 hours and the amateur rowers aim to collectively raise £100,000 towards the appeal which will, in turn be match-funded by the Government to add another £200,000 towards the build.

Emergency Medicine Senior Speciality Doctor and row team member, Dr Catherine Munro added: “As staff, we all know first hand how much the new department will drastically change the experience of our young patients and the service we can provide them. We therefore wanted to set ourselves a challenge, unlike anything we have ever done before, to help raise crucial funds and awareness for this vital development.

“The row will push us to our physical and mental limits and truly shows the dedication and passion of our incredible team. We wholeheartedly hope that it enables us to raise a considerable chunk of money for this urgent appeal.

“The cause is so important; Southampton as the Regional Trauma Centre urgently needs bespoke facilities for children. I work in both adult and children’s emergency medicine and I am well aware of how challenging it can be, not only for children but for their families, being treated in a facility that is too small and lacks privacy. Our Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department is a busy place: this new facility will reduce the stress that children feel and allow the rest of the department to be reconfigured to the benefit of all our patients.

“Thank you so much to EMR for supporting the team’s challenge and helping us move closer to our fundraising target.”

EMR Area Manager Sam Tudjaroglu, said: “As a sponsor we are proud to be able to help the charity create a powerful and inspirational activity to raise essential funding for a cause that is going to benefit and improve children’s emergency health care in the south of England.”

To find out more about current and future fundraising efforts from Southampton Hospital Charity, visit southamptonhospitalcharity.org. 

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