Nescot’s Gas & Electrical Academy and plumbing department staff organised a string of fundraising events for the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. The aim was to buy Christmas presents to give to patients who are in the Teenage Children’s Ward and also raise money towards a new Young Persons’ Centre, which is due to open in the summer of 2010.
Fundraising began back in September with a sponsored diet involving 15 Nescot staff over a period of 10 weeks. There was also a sponsored ‘hard work day’ undertaken by Les Harvey who was challenged to complete physical tasks set by his colleagues. As a result of these activities, £500 worth of fun games and arts and craft materials were purchased as Christmas gifts for the children at the Marsden.
The delivery of the presents and the final part of the fundraising activities culminated in a Santa Fun Run, from Nescot to the Royal Marsden in Sutton. The Santas left Nescot at 11am on Friday 27th November and went via the shopping centres at Tolworth, Surbiton and Kingston raising money along the way by dressing up and selling cakes. The Santas collected an additional £598.59 en route, arriving at the Marsden with the gifts for the children at 3pm.
The Christmas presents were presented to the nurses of the Children’s Ward. The parents visiting their son in the Children’s Ward asked one of the Nescot Santas to give their child the present in person, as they had never met Santa before. Steve Harris from the Nescot Gas & Electrical Academy said ‘Well done to all those involved, a brilliant day for the Santas and the children of the Marsden’.