Surrey County Cricket Club: stumping up for a fourth year!

16.03.17 Categories: Supporter stories

We’re delighted to partner with Surrey CCC again – so far they’ve raised more than £150,000 for Evelina London!

Surrey’s support has made a massive difference over the years, helping us to fund research, equipment and better care. Thanks to them, a team of young transplant patients were able to compete in the 2016 Transplant Games.

At the games, children and teenagers compete in sports including running, swimming, squash and archery. It costs £900 per person on average to take part in the Games, so donations are vital for removing any additional financial burden for families. Spending time with other families and staff in an environment outside of the hospital provides children, parents and families with much-needed support, friendship and an opportunity to relax.

Captain Gareth Batty’s personal connection

The Surrey Captain’s daughter Isabella was born at St Thomas’ in 2016 with a heart condition. She was transferred to Evelina London Children’s Hospital, right next to St Thomas’, has made a full recovery, and is now a healthy baby.

‘It was a tough few weeks and months – we were braced for the worst,’ Gareth says now. ‘But Isabella had a great outcome – the care she received was brilliant. The staff are out of this world. We are so grateful.’

Gareth Batty with a patient at Evelina London

2017 is Gareth Batty’s Testimonial Year and he will be holding a number of events that the hospital will benefit them – and he’s also facing one of his biggest fears!

Gareth is absolutely terrified of heights but has agreed to abseil from the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital on 12 May on one condition: that supporters and friends sponsor him to reach £10,000.

You can support his challenge and help him over the edge here! We’re also looking for lots of volunteers to help collect donations at T20 and international matches throughout the summer – come and get involved!

Lead photo: Gareth Batty and the players on a visit to Evelina London in 2014.