Kingston Centre adopts Leo the Lion

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The Kingston Centre has adopted Milton Keynes Hospital’s Leo’s Appeal as its charity partner.

It was launched last month and is raising £200,000 to enhance children’s services at the hospital.

The partnership was officially launched this week with staff wearing official Leo t-shirts and having a visit from mascot Leo the Lion. However centre staff have been fundraising for several months already, raising an impressive £3,195.60.

Kingston Centre Manager Euan Forbes, said: “The Kingston Centre is delighted to be fundraising for Leo’s Appeal for the foreseeable future – which has really captured our imaginations. We look forward to working together to enrich and improve the lives of children and their families in the Milton Keynes area.”

Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes, said: “We’re really proud to be chosen and are thrilled with the generosity of Kingston Centre staff! This partnership is giving Leo’s Appeal a real boost and will help make a tangible difference to children and families staying on our wards.”

Senior Sister, Alison Turner, said: “I can’t thank the Kingston Centre enough for pledging their support. Leo’s Appeal will make a huge difference to our youngest patients and their families.”

Support for the charity has already kicked off with security manager Basharat Iqbal taking part in a sponsored sky dive – after admitting he was afraid of heights, raising more than £500.

Next month there will be a fundraising tombola on November 23 and bucket collections for the appeal on December 14 and 21. More events are planned for the New Year.

Anyone who would like to support Leo’s Appeal can call Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes, on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk.