MP joy at funding milestone

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that the fundraising campaign for a £5.1m children's emergency and trauma department at University Hospital Southampton has been completed ahead of schedule.

The fundraising campaign for the department, based at Southampton General Hospital, started in 2016 with the backing of then chancellor George Osborne, who was lobbied by Steve Brine and agreed to match fund the money raised to build the facility.

The money was raised through the Southampton Hospital Charity and The Murray Parish Trust, which was founded by Steve’s constituents, actors Sarah Parish and James Murray who lost their daughter, Ella-Jayne, to a congenital heart defect in 2009.

The further £1.1m has been allocated by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Steve Brine said: “Many congrats to Southampton Hospital Charity and The Murray Parish Trust for reaching the £2m goal! We’ve come a long way from Say Yes George! (and he did.)"