Surrey County Cricket Club: stumping up for a fourth year

18 May 2017

We’re delighted to partner with Surrey CCC again – so far they’ve raised more than £200,000 for Evelina London!

surrey county cricket club team photo with evelina logo in the middle
Surrey County Cricket Club's visit to 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.’

Captain Gareth Batty with a patient at Evelina London
Captain Gareth Batty with a patient at Evelina London

2017 was Gareth Batty’s testimonial year in which he held numerous fundraising events for the hospital. One of these was taking part in the St Thomas' Abseil, where he faced one of his biggest fears - his fear of heights. But on Friday 12 May 2017, he went above and beyond, as he abseiled from the roof of St Thomas' Hospital, to show his gratitude to Evelina London. He raised over £3,000 from this one act of heroism.

Gareth before and during his intrepid abseil
Gareth before and during his intrepid abseil

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