From January to June this year, David Beckham arrived in the French capital to strengthen Paris Saint-Germain football club and he played a vital role in securing the French championship.
David Beckham expressed the desire to make donations to institutions dedicated to helping sick children. The two parties decided to choose together who would receive donations.
Today, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, President of Paris Saint-Germain, is delighted to announce initial donations to the Necker – Enfants malades Hospital, a partner of the Paris Saint-Germain Foundation since 2008 and a donation to CéKeDuBonheur, founded in 2004 by Hélène Sy, a charity that endeavours to bring comfort and joy to sick and hospitalised children in France.
Further strengthening the relationship between Paris Saint-Germain and the Necker – Enfants malades Hospital, established in 2008 and continued with the signature of a multi-year partnership in December 2012, the Club and David Beckham decided to make this donation to finance a research and treatment programme with the Necker Hospital.
The chosen project is a programme of research and treatment into epilepsy surgery, undertaken by the Paediatric Neurosurgery department, directed by the world-renowned specialist Professor Christian Sainte-Rose.
The donation made by Paris Saint-Germain and David Beckham will help finance operating equipment, two rooms to monitor cerebral activity and a research programme into epilepsy surgery.
“We are especially grateful for this donation which will help us continue our work into bringing epilepsy under control as quickly as possible, because epileptic fits are often incapacitating and a source of social stigma for children and their family members. We can also develop our research to further understand the way this illness works in order to treat our patient in the best possible and most effective manner” declared the Professor Saint-Rose.
The CéKeDuBonheur charity, created in 2004 is dedicated to improving to life of hospitalised children by organising bed side visits, activities, concerts and the visits of artists and celebrities.
The charity also organises excursions and finances projects and purchases destined to benefit hospitalised children as well as the renovation and upgrade of areas within the hospital dedicated to the children, adolescents and their parents.
Paris Saint-Germain and David Beckham has decided to make a donation to CéKeDuBonheur which will allow the charity to purchase a minibus to help the travel from city to city to undertake and manage its charity work with its dedicated team for a full year.
“Thanks to David Beckham and Paris Saint-Germain we are delighted to be able to continue to offer a moment of pleasure and escape for children in hospitals around country” said Hélène Sy.
A second series of donations will be announced soon. These donations will help finance other projects currently being considered.
About the Necker – Enfants malades Hospital
The Necker – Enfants malades Hospital was the first paediatric hospital in the world. Over the last 200 years it has become a reference for specialist hospital care and research.
The hospital cares for children (400 beds) and adults (200 beds). All the medical services provided are specialist areas. In association with the Medicine Faculty at Inserm and CNRS institutions, the hospital is one of France’s largest and most important hospital-based biomedical research centres.
A reference for the treatment of rare illnesses and serious and complex pathologies, the Necker Hospital reaches far beyond Paris and its surrounding regions: more than 20% of hospitalised patients come from across France and overseas.
As well as achieving excellence in medical research and treatment, ensuring the best possible experience and conditions for hospitalised patients and their families is another essential objective of the Necker Hospital’s strategic project.
About the CéKeDuBonheur Charity
Founded in 2004, the dynamic CéKeDuBonheur charity is dedicated to improving the lives of hospital patients.
By organising a number of visits of sports stars and show business celebrities and by creating activity workshops, CéKeDuBonheur helps maintain social links and fights against potential isolation of those in hospital.
For several years, the members of CéKeDuBonheur work in close association with the Paris institutions, such as the Robert Debré Hospital – one of the largest paediatric centres in Europe – and, more precisely, within the “Maison des Adolescents”.
CéKeDuBonheur currently conducts two events per month and reaches out to nearly 400 infants and adolescents from 0 to 18 years of age. [Source: PSG]