We are delighted to announce our new charity of the year – the children’s ward at Queen’s Hospital.

Our fundraising efforts have already begun and we have bought nearly £200 worth of toys for the 30-bedded inpatient ward to kick-start our campaign.

Chris Stevens, head of fundraising at King George & Queen’s Hospitals Charity, said: “Whilst the NHS provides the funding for the necessities, the generous support of people and local businesses like Kidspace enables us to fund projects that enhance and compliment the services at our local hospitals.

“Every single one of your customers and employees is highly likely to have used the services of our hospitals at some point, either for themselves or their loved ones. If they have not yet experienced some form of care, they probably will do in the future and will more than likely benefit from a charity funded project.”

Kidspace General Manager Lorraine Walsh said the children’s ward was chosen as the centre’s new charity because of its significance in the community as well as it being a charity she holds close.

She said: “Queen’s (and hospitals in general) are a place I spend a lot of time because my son has Asthma and Angioedema and my daughter has a heart condition.

“I know how hard it can be to spend weeks in hospitals, so it will be nice to give something back to them.”

Kidspace’s previous charity was The Cystic Fibrosis Trust for whom we raised £1867.