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Surrey based children's charity Momentum has launched a fundraising appeal to completely renovate a children's cancer treatment room at St Peter's Hospital.

Momentum, which supports children with cancer across SW London and Surrey, has already redecorated the rooms' walls with colourful, calming sea life images, but the charity now hopes to raise a further £8000 to redecorate the room completely. Every year, dozens of local children spend hours hooked up to machines, enduring gruelling chemotherapy and blood transfusions in the treatment room. Lizzie Sturt, St Peter's Paediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, said; "It is so important for children to feel at ease when they are undergoing treatment. I am passionate about this refurbishment project and the beautiful tropical wall art has already transformed the room"

Momentum's first aim is to create a soothing environment for children who are naturally terrified when they first step into a clinical hospital environment. Secondly, it is to provide them with a stimulating and fun space, where toys and visuals can help to distract them from their treatment.

Momentum's Director, Bianca Efferney, said "The St Peter's project is very exciting. Studies show that the environment in which children are treated makes a huge difference to their recovery."

With the help of local people, Momentum hopes to raise enough funds to install brand new storage cupboards, a distraction toy storage unit, a stackable visitors chair and a clinical storage unit. To help raise funds for this project please visit www.moment-um.org.uk or call 0208 974 5931.


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