Surrey County Cricket Club visit Evelina London

20.02.14 Categories: Supporter stories, News from the hospital, Surrey County Cricket partnership,

On Wednesday 5th February, players and coaching staff from Surrey County Cricket Club visited Evelina London- their new charity of the year. They met patients, families, doctors and nurses and were able to see first-hand what a special place the hospital is.

The club will be raising money and awareness for Evelina London, with a number of events and schemes taking place throughout the year. The players will have more visits to the hospital and Evelina patients, families and staff will be offered unique experiences at the Kia Oval.

The tour of the hospital gave the team the opportunity to see what a difference their generous support will make. They chatted to children and families on Savannah Ward and were particularly moved by their visit to the intensive care unit (PICU).

‘It was a very humbling experience to see those little babies be looked after so wonderfully well by an incredibly gifted and brilliant bunch of people,’ said Gareth Batty. ‘It was a real eye opener.

We felt for the families that were there supporting their children, but they couldn’t have been in a better place.’

After their experience, several of the staff and players tweeted their support for the hospital:

'What an amazing place doing amazing work for ill children!' - Alex Tysoe, the club's physiotherapist.

'Very fortunate to see first-hand what Evelina London do for sick children and their parents.' - Tim Linley

'Just spent a very humbling afternoon Evelina London seeing some of the amazing work that they do.' - Stuart Meaker

Take a look at the video of the players’ day and hear an emotional Gareth Batty talking about what the experience meant to him. 

Zafar, George and Stuart meet Harry who had recently suffered a stroke and was at Evelina London as doctors worked to establish and treat the cause.

The team meet 17 month old Charlotte, who is recovering from open heart surgery.

Gareth, Tom and Tim meet 11 week old Miya-Grace and her proud parents. She has a condition known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome – a congenital heart defect that will require lifelong treatment. She was saved by the doctors at Evelina London after originally being given little chance to live.

Tim chats to Hannah about her favourite Disney movies.

Gareth and Colleen, who was on the orthopaedic ward having had an operation on her feet.