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Write a Will Week

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity is launching a Write a Will Week which runs from 27 September to 1 October to highlight the importance of writing a will.

Whether you think your wishes would be considered quite typical or a bit more unconventional, a will is the only way to make sure your money, property, possessions and investments (known as your estate) go to the people and causes you care about. With no will, the law decides how to deal with your estate which is not something very many would want for their loved ones.

Yet 54% of UK adults still haven’t written a will.*

If you are one of them, Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity has teamed up with two reputable firms who are providing free will writing services to their supporters and to guide you through the process. 

Crown Law Solicitors LLP, a local solicitors’ firm based in Morden, are waiving their fees (normally £175-£350 +VAT ) to the first 15 supporters who book an appointment during our Will Writing Week starting Monday 27 September and finishing on Friday 1 October 2021. The appointment can take place in their office or remotely by phone or Zoom. Alternatively, you can contact national estate planning company Dunham McCarthy who provide a will writing service over the phone for ESTH supporters all year round.**

Gifts generously left in wills (also known as legacies) for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity are a vital source of income which help towards funding those ‘above and beyond’ projects for the hospital and their community services. There is no obligation to leave a gift in your will to the Charity but if you would like to do so, for the benefit of future generations of patients and staff, it would be much appreciated.

To book your appointment with Crown Law Solicitors LLP, please call 0208 175 6733  or email enquiries@crownlawsolicitors.com and mention that you are booking as part of the Epsom and St Helier Hospitals ‘Write a Will Week’.

Please visit their website for more information: crownlawsolicitors.com

To book an initial 30 minute call with Dunham McCarthy please visit: dm-legal.co.uk/esthc/

*According to Which? research 2018

**Throughout the course of your consultation with a full qualified solicitor or estate planner, you may choose to use other services in preparing your will which may incur a cost. They will ensure that you are always provided with a full and transparent break-down of these costs and you are not obligated to accept any of these services.

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Carshalton mum thanks Neonatal department by running the London Marathon

Local Carshalton mother of three, Camelia Garrett, 47, is running the London Marathon for St Helier hospital’s Neonatal Department which saved her twins’ lives when they were born nearly eleven weeks early in December 2003.

Camelia started running eight years ago and has already completed two half marathons. However, it’s been a bit of a marathon to get a place for the famous London 26.2 mile event! Every year for the last six years, Camelia has been unsuccessful in the ballot – in fact, she had even given up on the idea. Then, earlier this year she received ‘the letter’ to say that she was in!

As well as being elated to have a place, she knew straight away that she wanted to use it to fundraise for the Neonatal Department.

Camelia said: ‘I can’t believe the twins will be 18 later this year! When Etti and Owain were born so early, it was an immensely frightening and distressing time, but the Neonatal department were absolutely fantastic in every way. So using my London Marathon place to fundraise for the department seemed like the perfect opportunity to give back to them, and to support the wonderful staff who work there now.’

Camelia is in the midst of a gruelling training regime to get ready for the big day on Sunday 3 October and her aim is to complete the event in 5.5 hours. When she’s not on long training runs then she’s following intensive HIT and weights classes on Zoom, hosted by her good friend who is personal trainer. On other days you can find her doing pilates or cycling 10 km to Raynes Park where she is a senior receptionist at The Park Clinic dental practice.

Commenting on her training Camelia said ‘It will all be worth it! But I couldn’t do any of it without the continued support and encouragement from my family and friends!’

To support Camelia’s London Marathon fundraising for the St Helier Neonatal Department, click here:

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Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity Lottery has two £1000 winners!

Two lucky staff members have each bagged themselves £1000 from playing Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity Lottery for just £1 a week. See what they had to say about winning!


Emma who works at the Woodlands Nursery at St Helier Hospital said: ‘The funny thing was that I was at the hospital cashiers with my friend, and when I saw the Lottery leaflets there I told her that I played it but that I’d not won anything yet. Then a week later, I got home on a Monday evening, and there was a letter with the cheque inside – it was such a lovely surprise! First of all, I used some of it to treat my family to a really nice meal. And then it came in very handy to fix the car when the exhaust fell off! I’m saving the rest for a rainy day.’


Thomas, a doctor at Epsom Hospital, said: ‘I had signed up online about a year ago at £1 every week. I recently returned from a visit to my parents and bereaved aunt in India to find the cheque in my letter box. I was extremely grateful to God for having won this. The travel home had been very expensive with all the COVID testing, multiple cancellations and rebooking at escalated rates. Though this amount didn’t cover it, it helped ease the burden.’


So if you’d like the chance to win £1000 or even the £25,000 jackpot you have to be in it to win it! Sign up today and you’ll be supporting the hospitals and community services at the same time!

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Iceland Wallington raises over £1200!

Once again frozen food retailer Iceland in Wallington and their customers have supported Team ESTH and raised over £1200 with their fun-tastic fundraising! During June and July, long-serving employee and Charity Champion Joani O’Brien donned her charity cap and helped raise funds with a range of in-store activities including a raffle and tombola.

Dr Neelani Nackeeran from St Helier hospital – and a Wallington resident – visited Joani and the team at Iceland this week to thank them for all their hard work and support throughout the year. And we’re pleased to report that we’ve been selected as their ‘Charity of the Year’ – so keep an eye out on what they have planned next!

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity (registered charity number 1049197) always welcomes support from local people and businesses – if you would like to find out more about the charity, fundraise or make a donation, please email team@esthcharity.org.uk or call 01372 735262.

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Sutton Schools take inspiration from Captain Tom and raise £28,000 for their local hospitals!

On May Bank holiday weekend twenty primary schools across Sutton took part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge to raise funds to support Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity. As long as they reached the target of 100, the young pupils could do whatever they liked. So they hopped, skipped, walked and ran their way to raising a staggering £28,000!

The fundraising will initially help fund services and equipment which was discussed and agreed upon by children at school council meetings held via Zoom before the event.  In recognition for all their hard work during the pandemic, the council chose first and foremost to support staff health and wellbeing. They also wanted to help the Magic Carpet appeal for Casey Ward’s young patients, and then they added a new bladder scanner for Urology to the list, and got to learn about why we have bladders at the same time!

To celebrate this massive achievement, forty pupils – two from each school – gathered on the Open Space in front of St Helier hospital. Collectively they handed over a huge cheque befitting the size of their fundraising to Deputy Chief Nurse Marion Louki, Hazel Gleed of the Women’s and Children’s Division, and Joanna Cooper of Urology who in turn took the opportunity to thank the children for their phenomenal efforts.

Marion Louki said: “Raising £28,000 for our hospitals is an absolutely remarkable amount! On behalf of my colleagues here today and everyone at Epsom and St Helier, we can’t thank the children enough, and all the grown-ups who no doubt gave them a helping hand! They are truly another shining example of our community, and also of the younger generation, coming together to thank and support their local NHS. They are ALL heroes.”

L-R: Joanna Cooper, Urology. Marion Louki, Deputy Chief Nurse. Hazel Gleed, Women’s and Children’s Division.
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St Christopher’s School supports Casey Ward

We were recently invited to a presentation at St Christopher’s School in Epsom to congratulate all the young pupils on raising an amazing £3094 for Casey Children’s Ward at Epsom Hospital! The school’s fundraising has made a huge contribution towards the ward’s Magic Carpet Appeal.

Deputy Head Boy Rumi and Deputy Head Girl Holly gave a speech summarising everyone’s fundraising ventures, which included using their pocket money from completing household chores (such as making their bed) which was then deposited in small Ambulance Money Boxes provided by the school. Rumi and Holly’s speech was followed by an orchestral interlude, and then Head Boy Reis and Head Girl Megan handed over the large cheque for Casey Ward. Also on show was a magnificent mosaic Magic Carpet created by the pupils.

Thank you St Christopher’s – we’re truly grateful for all the kindness and hard work of the children (and the grown-ups!)

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Congratulations on completing the Captain Tom 100 challenge!

Between Friday 30th April and Tuesday 4th May, around 20 schools across Sutton took part in the Captain Tom 100 challenge to raise money for #TeamESTH.

Pupils participated in sponsored walks, runs, hops, and skips to reach their 100 targets, and there was even a ‘guess how many sweets on the cake’ game – we’re thinking the lucky number was 100!

Thank you to all the pupils and organisers for choosing to support Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity with their mammoth fundraising event. We can’t wait to hear what the grand total is – we’re sure it’s going to be BIG!

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The Captain Tom 100 Challenge

ESTH Charity is getting behind The Captain Tom 100 Challenge and we would love you to get involved this month and help raise funds for your local hospitals! Whether you go solo or join a team, all you need to do is come up with a challenge based around the number 100 and to do it between Friday 30th April and Monday 3rd May.

Ideas include:

Organise a 100 mile/km cycle ride

Walk 100 laps of your garden

Bake 100 cup cakes

Stay silent for 100 minutes

Sing for 100 minutes

Do 100 hula-hoops

The world is your oyster with this challenge. There are no rules (apart from Government guidelines on the roadmap out of lockdown) and it’s open to everyone.

Do it your way and have fun! For more information and to sign up, go to Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving today!

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It’s a kind of magic – children’s ward appeal flies high with Theo the Magician !

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity is delighted to announce that award-winning Theo the Magician will be hosting a fun interactive online magic show to raise money for the dedicated children’s ward at Epsom Hospital.

Theo the Magician’s magical event will support Casey Ward’s appeal to fund a ‘magic carpet’ for the young patients on the ward. With a mobile projector, motion sensor and interactive mat and lots of preinstalled games and apps, the Magic Carpet provides children with a range of activities for physical, mental or sensory stimulation, from being transported to a virtual seaside, to taking part in a dance off or completing a puzzle.  

And even more importantly for these times, play can be touchless while the mat is easy to clean and sanitise between users.

Well know Sutton resident and member of the prestigious Magic Circle and Equity, Theo Theodoris, normally performs shows all over Surrey and South London, but is currently delighting young audiences using the magic of zoom to bring abracadabra into the room!

His show, exclusively for the Magic Carpet Appeal, will be at 10am on Saturday 10 April. Bookings will remain open until midday on Friday 9 April. The show will last around an hour and will contain tricks, illusions, and games to suit children of all ages.

For your invitation and more information, the Charity and Theo kindly request a minimum donation of £10 for every child who watches the show. Every penny will go towards the appeal.

This won’t be the first time Theo has chosen to support his local hospitals. Back in 2003 he raised a staggering £17,000 for St Helier’s neonatal unit who saved the life of his daughter Elena who was born 10 weeks early and weighed just 2lbs. Since then, he has continued to hold numerous fundraising events for the unit bringing the total, so far, up to £25,000! This includes his Magic Sunflower Competitions and during last year’s lockdown he also chose to donate some of the fundraising to the Charity’s Covid Appeal.

Theo said: “I’m delighted to be able to help entertain the kids with my fun interactive magic show while at the same time helping Casey Ward get this exciting piece of equipment, powered by digital magic! Unfortunately, I know all too well the anguish of having a child who is very poorly and needs hospital care. But I also know that the children’s team at Epsom always know what’s best for their young patients and are fully committed to them. I have no doubt that this magic carpet will make a real difference to the kids on Casey Ward.”

To book your ticket for Theo’s magic show, please make your donation at virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Casey-Carpet (you can do this as a guest). Then email team@esthcharity.org.uk with your contact details and the number of children participating, and their ages. Alternatively, you can donate over the phone by calling the Charity on 01372 735 262.

For more information about Theo the Magician please visit: www.magictheo.com.

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In memory of a much-loved mum – family raise £5,000 for St Helier ICU !

The family of a much-loved mum and grandmother who sadly passed away with Covid-19 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at St Helier Hospital have raised more than £5,000 for the department.

Despite the very best efforts of staff in the hospital, Kailas Patel passed away on Wednesday 10 February, aged 66. Despite their grief during this difficult time, Kailas’ family are incredibly grateful for all the care and support that both she and they received from the ICU teams who tried so hard to save her. So to say thank you to staff and to honour the memory of Kailas, her three children Kinjal, Binti and Anish, decided to set up a fundraising page for St Helier ICU.  

Kinjal said: “While mum was in Intensive Care, we would phone multiple times a day and sometimes late at night to speak to her, or get an update. Without fail, the nurses were always so kind, compassionate and patient. We were able to hold our mother as she took her final breaths and for that we will be eternally grateful. The money we raise will go towards providing critical care to all those who need it especially during these difficult times. The staff were really human about it.  We can’t thank them enough.” 

And in just a matter of days, the page has already raised over £5,000.

Kinjal added: “It just goes to show how special my mother was and how much she meant to so many people, even though I don’t think she realised it.  She was a phenomenal and renowned Gujarati home-cook. People travelled from near and far for her cooking and she was regularly asked to help out with catering at weddings. She was always smiling, so welcoming and easy going.”

Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to pass our heartfelt condolences to Kailas’ family and loved ones. It is remarkable that, in a time of profound grief, Kailas’ children have found the strength to fundraise for the department where their mum was cared for. I would like to say a huge thank you to the whole family, and to everyone who has donated so far. It is incredibly generous.”

Dr Viplaw Shukla, Consultant Intensivist, said:  “We are immensely grateful for the generosity of Kailas Patel’s family and friends. Of course, like them, we very much wish Kailas was still with us. However, their fundraising is a wonderful testament to the ICU teams and for the care and commitment they provide for their patients. Kailas was a strong woman only in her sixties, and yet Covid was still able to take her despite our best efforts. Therefore, we absolutely implore everyone take up the vaccine as soon as it’s offered, especially among BAME communities.

If you would like to make a contribution to Kailas Patel’s family’s fundraising for St Helier ICU, please visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/anish-patel-1

Alternatively you can still donate to the Charity’s general Covid appeal which is: www.justgiving.com/campaign/ThankYouESTH