Radiothon – The Jacques Sasson Foundation

5 May 2017 Uncategorised

After many years of fundraising for different charities both here and in the UK through the Pirates Charity Premiere they have decided to take a break. However following on with the success of the Radiothon for the past 4 years we have decided to keep the fundraising going by setting up The Jacques Sasson Foundation. Jacques will best be remembered for his invention of the Pirates Adventure show in Mallorca. Now in its 33rd year it has entertained over 4 million people. As the Charity Premiere was Jacques idea we would like to continue the fundraising using his name. The Charities that we will be supporting this year are;

Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital  

We have been supporting GOSH for 13 years now.  From 2004 to 2013 we raised 714,697.41€ and in that time the money has been put to many different projects including a Pirates treatment room. More recently the money has been spent in four main areas: rebuilding and redevelopment of the Hospital; research (GOSH are currently embarking on a 5-year research strategy to target rare diseases in childhood); latest and replacement medical equipment; parent accommodation and support services for families and patients. Our total raised for GOSH so far is 738,744.11€

Son Espases Intensive Care Unit for Children

We have been working with Son Espases for 4 years now and this year we are helping the only Child Intensive Care Unit in the Balearics. From our first donation they used the money to redecorate the doors of each room with cartoon characters making them look less like hospital bedrooms. Something we learned very early on our many visits to Great Ormond Street was the biggest challenge was to make the hospitals look less like hospitals so the children could relax. We have also helped redecorate a new pirate ship-themed CAT scan in the Paediatric Department. Some 350m² of decorative vinyl wrapping gave Son Espases entry into a very select group of hospitals to implement such an idea, alongside the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York, the Hospital Municipal Jesus in Rio de Janeiro and Hospital San Juan de Dios in Barcelona. In each case they’ve proven that this fantasy décor creates a warm, inviting, relaxing atmosphere and reduces levels of anxiety – making life easier for patients and professionals alike. The number of young patients who need sedation to conduct a scan is reduced by 20%, a significant amount considering Son Espases carries out around 4,000 CAT scans in the room each year. Our total raised for Son Espases so far is 24,046.97€

Asdica: A dynamic socio-educational project aimed at adolescents and young people with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Municipality of Calvià.  We are fundraising this year alongside the Six Points Challenge to help Asdica extend their services.

Aspanob: Created in 1987 by a group of parents who came together with the aim of improving the quality of life of all children with cancer and their families in the Balearic Islands.  A new cause to us but very worthy.