Clinicians and researchers will work alongside each other at the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People, to be sited at the Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill. The new facilities and the work to be undertaken there are a timely response to rising mental health problems amongst children and young people – a trend exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to an initial £10m grant from the Maudsley Charity, two family foundations, known for their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of young people, have made very significant pledges. The Rayne Foundation made a catalyst gift to the campaign in October 2019, committing a significant sum to the building and have an interest in additional research funding. In January 2020, The Pears Foundation committed a lead gift of £5.5m to the project. The Centre will be named in recognition of thePears Foundationand our ongoing partnership with the Pears family.
To date over £18m of philanthropic gifts have been committed in principle and a major fundraising effort is ongoing to ensure that the Centre can create an inspiring and appropriate environment for the families and staff who will use the building and to fund a wide programme of research, education outreach and clinical innovation over future years.
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