Patients and celebs take part in BGC Charity Day for Evelina London
03 September 2019
As an exciting part of our 150th birthday celebrations, Evelina London is honoured to have been selected as one of the charities to take part in BGC Charity Day 2019
On Wednesday 11 September, three of our wonderful patients, Cruz, Evie and Arthur, will be joining brokers on the Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC trading floors, along with our very own Dr. Ranj Singh, former Evelina London doctor and TV presenter, and other celebrity ambassadors.
The Charity Day is hosted each year by global brokerage company BGC, to commemorate friends, colleagues and employees whose lives were tragically lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.
All revenue made on the trading floors is donated to charities around the world, so it’s extremely exciting to be one of them this year, as well as a fantastic way to celebrate Evelina London’s 150th birthday!
Cruz, Evie and Arthur have all been patients at Evelina London since they were born.
Let’s get to know them a little better…
Cruz was born with a rare kidney condition and had a life-saving operation at the hospital when he was a tiny baby. He needed round-the-clock care for the first three months of his life and has been a regular patient at Evelina London ever since.
Cruz, now aged 5, visits the hospital three times a week for dialysis and he will eventually be ready for a kidney transplant.
‘Cruz refers to Evelina London as “his hospital” and is well known by lots of staff who make him feel at home,’ says his mum, Debbie.
‘We can’t wait to get involved in the BGC Charity Day to raise funds for Evelina London and all those that have been there for Cruz every step of the way. We need Evelina London now but also for Cruz’s future.’
Before she was even born, Evie was diagnosed with multiple complex heart defects whilst still in the womb.
Her mum and dad, Jo and Justin, were referred to Evelina London for the specialist care Evie would need and Jo had a planned birth at St Thomas’ Hospital, which adjoins Evelina London. Evie underwent two open heart surgeries and multiple procedures before her second birthday to mend her heart. She is now a happy, healthy and energetic little girl.
Evie’s care meant so much to Jo and Justin that they named her Evalina after the hospital that looked after her.
‘We’re so excited about being part of BGC Charity Day,’ says Jo. ‘Evelina London means so much to us and getting involved on 11 September will be another way of thanking staff for caring for our daughter Evie all of her life.
‘Evie loves meeting new people so we’re sure she’ll try and get involved in some selfie action with a celeb or two!’
Arthur has just had his first birthday and has spent over a quarter of his life so far at Evelina London with his parents James and Suzi, as well as his two brothers.
Following many admissions to the hospital with bronchiolitis, pneumonia and other respiratory problems, Arthur was made nil by mouth at 4 months old. He is now fed through an abdominal tube that goes directly into his stomach and is slowly making progress. He’s even starting to be allowed to try eating again!
“Evelina London has been like a second home for us and they have treated us like family”, says James, “Their care, equipment and facilities are amazing”
“Representing Evelina London at events like BGC Charity Day has a big place in our hearts, spreading awareness and raising money for such a great cause.”
And joining Cruz, Evie and Arthur…
Speaking of celebs, we’re thrilled to also have Dr. Ranj Singh at the Charity Day!
Dr. Ranj is a medical expert and TV personality who is resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning and co-presents Save Money Good Health, as well as appearing on various other shows. He also happens to be a good friend of Evelina London as he completed his training and worked there. The second series of his BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show Get Well Soon was even filmed at the hospital.
Dr. Ranj is also well known for his stint on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2018. Off air, he is a Sunday Times best-selling author and writes for numerous magazines and websites, where he gives expert opinions on a range of physical and mental health issues.
It’s very exciting to have Ranj there supporting Evelina London at the BGC Charity Day, and he’ll be joined by some other celebrity ambassadors yet to be revealed… watch this space!