The Luffa Spring Clean for PICU

Last week we launched our ‘Bishop Luffa Spring Clean’ in aid of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southampton. This was because of Ms Cooper’s granddaughter, Chloe, who was being treated there. I am very sorry to start your week with sad news, but Chloe passed away at the weekend.

Ms Cooper is an amazing person, an example to all of us. When I asked her what we could do to help, she told me that we should carry on with our Spring Clean. In her words: ‘The whole family are so very grateful for prayers and for any donations, however small, to PICU in memory of Chloe. Chloe touched a lot of hearts with her incredible fighting spirit and her amazing smiles.’

Chloe’s mum has said: ‘We owe a huge thank you to Southampton PICU who, even through the hardest of times, put our family and our little girl first and made it possible to make that one last journey home.’ Because of the lockdown, not all family members had been able to see Chloe, so an ambulance with five PICU staff in it brought Chloe home to say goodbye to her family, supported by two of the community nursing team. It is not just because of the Coronavirus that we should be thankful for the dedication of NHS staff.

Here are details of the campaign that was launched on the Thursday 23rd April, prior to this sad news:

Who are we raising money for?

Today we begin a fundraising campaign for the Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Our reason for supporting this charity is a personal one; our inspiration is the beautiful Chloe Green who is the granddaughter of our Admissions Officer, Mrs Gill Cooper. One year old Chloe is a resident on the PICU ward. You can find out about Chloe and her heart-wrenching story by watching the introduction video on our Frog website – search for ‘Bishop Luffa Spring Clean’.

GillChloe’s Dad and his brothers, and Mrs Cooper, are former Bishop Luffa students. Being part of the Bishop Luffa Family does not end when you leave school, but is a life-long connection that can continue to support you as you tread life’s path. With that in mind, we asked Chloe’s family to nominate their chosen charity, which is Southampton PICU. Unfortunately, many of the planned spring/summer outdoor events to raise money for PICU this year have been cancelled, so we must try to plug this fundraising shortfall from the comfort of our own homes! At this super-challenging time for the NHS they have asked us to stay at home to save lives, so we want to raise money while we stay at home, to help them continue to save the lives of more children like Chloe. Chloe has many challenges ahead but thanks to the staff on PICU she is here to face those challenges with her family.

What do we need you to do?

We would like our students to raise money by asking their families to sponsor them to do household chores within the home. Parents and carers will receive a separate ParentMail explaining how to do that.

How do you make it happen?

The campaign will run from Monday 20th April until Sunday 31st May. Thanks to the generosity of the PFA we are able to offer prizes for the top fundraisers which include:

  • A Green Home Plant Bundle worth £52 donated by The Little Botanical Company
  • A £25 New Look Voucher
  • A £20 Store Voucher donated by Bear About Town
  • A £10 Book Voucher

ChloeWe truly appreciate that this is a difficult financial time for many. Your sponsorship does not have to be a large amount, what is important is that our students and families pull together to continue our charity work at a time when charities like PICU need us most.

We hope that you will be able to support this campaign and we thank you wholeheartedly for your support and generosity at this time.

Here is a list of the kind of chores you could do:

Hoovering
Dusting
Washing up
Loading/Unloading the dishwasher
Folding laundry
Cleaning the bathroom
Washing windows
Cooking a meal - the list is probably endless!

To show you are taking part please hold up the pledge poster (which is below), either a printed copy or on your phone/tablet. Take a photo and send it in to Mrs Christopher at christophern@bishopluffa.org.uk. Thank you for all your support.

With best wishes

Miss Hurry and Joe Clines (11King)

Miss Hurry  Mr Barnett  The Taylor Family 8Ri

Mrs Bradberry  Mrs Regan  Ms Duke  Jack 7Ri

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