Published: 6th February, 2014
The Surrey CCC squad yesterday made their first visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital – the club’s new charity partner.
Players and members of the coaching staff met patients, families, doctors and nurses as well as being given a tour of the incredible facilities.
Surrey recently announced a charity partnership with Evelina, situated in Waterloo just ten minutes from the Kia Oval. The partnership will see the club raising money and awareness for the hospital with a number of events throughout the year. Players will also be visiting the hospital throughout the year – as well as offering Evelina patients, families and staff unique experiences at the Kia Oval.
Click below to see a video of the players’ day and hear an emotional Gareth Batty talking about what the experience meant to him. Keep scrolling down for photos of the players with some special children.
Patients the players met on Wednesday included:
11 week old Miya-Grace. 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 after originally being given little chance to live.
Colleen, who was on the orthopaedic ward having had an operation on her feet.
Harry, who had recently suffered a stroke and was in Evelina as doctors worked to establish and treat the cause.
Owen, a Cerebral Palsy sufferer who was due to undergo another bout of surgery today.
17 month old Charlotte, who was born with a heart defect is currently recovering from her third bout of open heart surgery.