The Magic Wand Appeal


The Magic Wand Appeal is raising funds to improve facilities and the environment in the children’s unit at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester (part of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). 

The aim is to give children and their family the best experience possible in hospital, by improving and updating the existing facilities to create a better environment.

With numbers of referrals to Sophie’s Place continuing to increase, the need for updated facilities becomes even greater:


Key projects for the future include:

  • an environment suitable for all children from babies to adolescents
  • improved facilities for families
  • more consulting rooms
  • en-suite facility.

Our new reception area is up and running and has made a great difference to families visiting the unit. Our thanks to everyone who supported us, and in particular to the Sophie Barringer Trust for their very generous donation.

Our next challenge is to provide a new consulting rooms and a modern outpatient area which will be suitable for children of all ages and comfortable for parents.

We need as many people as possible from the community to help us with this.  So, while you are reading this please pause and give some thought to how you might be able to help.  No gesture is too small, from giving up a Saturday morning to help with a bucket collection, to taking on a sponsored challenge or organising an event.  Each of you have your own unique network, and together we can reach the whole of the hospital’s catchment area.

Please register your interest by email to and 01962 824987


We have raised £180,000 since the appeal began!

To give you some inspiration here are some of the events that have taken place so far…………….

MW st bedesHealth Minister Andrew Lansley, MP Steve Brine and HHFT’s Fundraising Manager Nikki Oliver receive a cheque for over £1000 raised by the children of St Bede’s School, Winchester.




MW 275 anniversaryLocal schools unite to celebrate Royal Hampshire County Hospital’s 275th anniversary in Winchester Cathedral.





MW sainsbury bucket 2All hands on deck for the bucket collections at Sainsbury’s Badger Farm.  Our thanks to Sainsbury’s for helping us to raise over £4,000 as their Charity of the Year for 2012/13.








MW fulfloodsThe community of Fulflood put on their first community ball raising £7,200.










MW tandomConsultant Dr Ian Rodd attempts to break world record for LEJOG on a tandem raising over £8,000.







MW gadget competitionCurry’s, Winchester ran a “Design a gadget for the future” competition.  The winner was 14 year old Brad Hajduga with his secret spy watch…..that also takes your temperature, and phones 999 if you go into anaphylactic shock from eating too many peanuts!  Curry’s donated the prize of a laptop that was presented to Brad by the Mayor of Winchester at the launch of the new reception area in September 2012.







MW children 1Children dress up as doctors and patients. …or in this case both!...  a reading by Dr Ian Rodd of ‘Sophie’s  Magic Wand’ in the Winchester Discovery Centre .MW children 2

MW diabetes ptDiabetes patient has a well-deserved day off with her family at the Jubilee Family Day in Hyde Park.  Thanks to Sainsbury’s Badger Farm for the tickets and to local business owners Jeremy France and Guy Kremer for help with the transport to get there.








MW comm bike rideDr Keith Foote leads the way with Major Tom Luker (Royal Artillery Regiment on his tandem at the Community Bike Ride in September 2012.




MW bbc wineBBC Wine Expert Peter Richards entertains 40 guests at Abbey House raising £1,560.  Our thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress of Winchester for 2012/13 and many local suppliers including The Holiday Inn, Sainsbury’s and Jude’s ice cream for their support.







MW Army trainingA team from Winchester’s Army Training Regiment do a gruelling 24 hour “Phys-a-thon” at Sainsbury’s Badger Farm raising £535.84



MW wish team sixOur glamorous Wish Team Six from Winchester University, who ran a very successful dinner dance at the Holiday Inn, Winchester as part of their Events Management degree course. They raised £1,168.  This could not have happened without the very generous donation of the venue by The Holiday Inn.





MW marathonParent Simon Dickinson show his appreciation of the care his child received at RHCH by running the London Marathon in 2013.  Here he is looking fresh as a daisy!







MW sophie bookOur ‘Sophie’s Magic Wand’ children’s book, written by local Winchester author Ivan Brett and beautifully illustrated by local artist Clara Sanjar spreads the message that care of people and animals will earn you your magic wand in life.  Our thanks to Ivan and Clara who donated their services free of charge and to Sarsen Press, Winchester for their generosity with printing costs.  The book sells for £7 and is available from the children's ward or hospital reception.



MW mayor logo

Finally, we are very proud to have been chosen as one of the Mayor of Winchester’s Charities for 2012/13.  The Mayor and Mayoress have created so many opportunities for us to raise funds, including:

  • opening the new Reception area of the Children’s Unit
  • Hosting a fashion show that one of our nurses took part in
  • Allowing us to use Abbey House for a very successful Wine & Food Evening,
  • Officially opening the newly restored Currys outlet
  • Being guests of honour a the Wish Six Ball at the Holiday Inn.

The Mayor’s Charity events have raised nearly £10,000 for the Magic Wand Appeal.

Anne and Frank, thank you for the great honour of being one of your chosen charities for your term of office, and for all your practical support during the year.  We all send you our best wishes for the future.

Due South Scooter Club

The Magic Wand Appeal has been the focus for fundraising for the Due South Scooter Club for a number of years. They have run several events raising thousands pounds for our appeal over the years. We would like to thank them for their continued support it is much appreciated.

Santa on a scooter

Emma's 100-mile swimming challenge in aid of nephew with leukaemia






updated 12 May 2017


  • by cheque payable to Hampshire Hospitals Charity (The Magic Wand Appeal). Please download a gift aid form or phone for a copy to make each £1 you donate worth £1.25 to us.