Help us bring sunshine into the lives of patients, staff and visitors at Lister Hospital

We have launched an ambitious appeal to transform outside areas at Lister Hospital to benefit patients, visitors and staff.

The Sunshine Appeal aims to raise £440,000 to provide an outside terrace so patients in the intensive care unit can be pushed outside in their beds to see the sky, as well as a deck and garden area outside the restaurant for staff, patients and visitors to enjoy a break outside in the open air.

Kate Flavin, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, said: “During the peak of the pandemic, we saw how patients in intensive care responded well to feeling fresh air on their face and seeing the moving sky, instead of ceiling panels.

“Currently we can push beds out onto a rooftop area but it isn’t very easy and requires an experienced doctor and nurse, lots of equipment and fine weather! Although the area is safe, it was not designed for patient use and it doesn’t look very attractive as you can see."

“A new rooftop garden balcony will allow us to move patients in their beds, with all the necessary equipment, out into the open air. We want to create a beautiful space in which patients can feel fresh air, see the sky and have some time away from the machines and bright lights of the wards. The sad fact is, in some cases, it may be the last time they get to see the sky.”

The restaurant garden area will provide staff, patients and visitors with the positive health benefits of fresh air and sunlight to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

For ideas on how to support the Sunshine Appeal, visit our events page or download our Fundraising Calendar. 

Eloise Huddleston, charity director, said: “We all know the value of spending time outside so we hope you will help us transform these areas into spaces that will benefit us all. Thank you.”

If you would like to discuss bespoke corporate sponsorship or philanthropic partnership options, please complete this form and Eloise, charity director, will call you back. 

Downloadable project summary