Remembering Terry Wogan

Remembering Terry Wogan

Sir Terry Wogan was a patron of COSMIC Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care since 1994. Dr Parviz Habibi, Founder of the unit and Chairman of COSMIC was on BBC Radio 5 Live on 1st February remembering Terry Wogan and his invaluable patronage. To listen to Dr Habibi's words visit and skip to 57.03.

“We are very saddened by the news of Sir Terry Wogan’s passing. Sir Terry first learned about the work of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St Mary’s Hospital London when in 1993 he saw "Cries of Alarm" a critically acclaimed documentary about the St. Mary's PICU rapid response team as they rush to treat critically ill children.

Sir Terry visited the newly formed PICU and then became a committed supporter of COSMIC (Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care) Charity, attending key fundraising events. With his charm and wit he persuaded people to dig deep into their pockets to support this good cause. Terry himself also gave generously to my team of COSMIC Rays who swam the English Channel. Giving his patronage to COSMIC raised the profile of the charity and with money raised meant the PICU soon became fully equipped and established as a centre of excellence for treating children with life-threatening illnesses.

Sir Terry’s patronage was invaluable and meant that the unit was able to become established and continue its innovating work in the treatment of critically ill children.”

Beverley Habibi, Founder of COSMIC and Trustee added:

“Sir Terry was the first celebrity to take an interest in COSMIC and the important work of our PICU. His patronage played a major role in the launch of COSMIC. Certainly we would not have achieved what we have without him.”

The More Smiles Appeal gets Royal seal of approval

The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) is lending her support to the More Smiles Appeal as she was so impressed by the care she received at St Mary's Hospital when she gave birth to her daughter Charlotte in May and Son George two years earlier.

The Duchess said: "The thought of your child in an intensive care unit is harrowing for any parent and as someone who was so brilliantly cared for by St Mary's, I am delighted to support the Children's Intensive Care Appeal, and commend the important work of all those involved in the project".


The More Smiles Appeal aims to raise £2million for the redevelopment of the children's intensive care unit at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, that currently cares for 400 of the most critically ill children in London and the South East every year.

When St Mary's opened its first unit specifically designed to look after critically ill children in the North West London area in 1992, it only had one single bed. In the following years it quickly developed and expanded, becoming the Children's Intensive Care Unit, a centre of excellence with more than five paediatric consultants and over 50 specialist nurses in its staff.

The need for change

The last major development of the Children's Intensive Care Unit took place in 1996. Since then, there has been dramatic improvements in technology, treatments and ward design that mean the unit now limits our ability to provide the best possible care to our youngest and most at risk patients.

Of the 400 children treated last year, 233 had to be transferred to other units, some outside of London. Telling a parent that there is not a bed for their sick child is a situation that sadly exists, but with this exciting expansion something the hospital aims to never happen again.

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GIVE a child a COSMIC Life

Every year the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St Mary's Hospital in London treats hundreds of children who are seriously ill. COSMIC relies totally on your donations to provide life-saving equipment and to fund vital research to ensure that the children in our care get the best treatment possible. Find out more

Donate by clicking here or text COSM10 and the amount you wish to donate afterwards e.g. COSM10 £10 to 70070


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These are just a few examples of what the money donated to COSMIC can go towards to help us help sick children, as well as their families and our ward staff.

  • 60p - Toothbrushes and toothpaste for parents staying in our hotels
  • £8 - One bereavement support book for siblings
  • £10 - One welcome pack and PICU parent information booklets
  • £10 - A gift for patients/siblings/parents who may have a birthday whilst in hospital
  • £15 - One set of baby hand imprints and a presentation box
  • £30 - Modelling dough for foot and hand imprints used as part of our bereavement work
  • £45 - One child bereavement counselling session
  • £70 - £100 – 1 night in a hotel nearby for parents
  • £100 - Travel reimbursement between home and hospital for 1 week
  • £500 - Contribute towards a patient funeral costs for a family experiencing financial hardship
  • £800 - Quarterly funding for parent bereavement counsellor
  • £1,500 - A syringe pump to administer drugs at precise intervals in exact quantities
  • £3,000 -  A “Baby pod” which is used to safely and securely transport sick children
  • £5,500 - Ventilator upgrades, making them state of the art
  • £35,000 - A high frequency Oscillating ventilator
  • £150,000 - An intensive care bed and basic machines