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Young People's Unit opened at St Peter's Hospital

YOUNG patients will no longer have to occupy the 'no man's land' between adult and children's wards, thanks to the generosity of Procter & Gamble.

A brand new Young People's Unit (YPU), opened at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey last Friday, is a dedicated inpatient area for teenagers.

The YPU features one bay for boys and one for girls, as well as a stylish kitchen, sitting area, sofas, a television and modern artwork on the walls.

The unit was made possible by Procter & Gamble's £45,000 donation to the hospital.

The company also provides regular, free, product donations for hospital staff to sell and raise additional funds for the paediatric department.

Half the proceeds pays for hospital equipment and the rest is given to children's charities supported by P&G.

Trust chairman Aileen McLeish said the YPU would not have got off the ground without the help of the consumer product giant.

"We are so grateful for P&G's generous support," she said.

"£45,000 is an incredible sum of money to raise and the unit would not have been possible without their help.

"I know there are many other people who have worked extremely hard to support this project, both in terms of fundraising and in planning the unit. We have a very strong reputation locally for paediatric services and the team, led by Dr Paul Crawshaw, are ambitious in developing these further in the future."

Dr Paul Crawshaw, divisional director of women's and children's services at St Peter's, said: "Professional fundraisers tell me that many big companies are hard work for little return when it comes to charitable giving.

"Not so with Procter & Gamble. They have been fantastic. Without them we would not have this unit which is important for the well-being of older teenagers who would otherwise be occupying beds in adult wards."

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