Disney and Marvel take over Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery ward


Two companies backed by Palatine Private Equity have joined forces to help transform the children’s heart surgery ward at Leeds General Infirmary.

Leading holiday price comparison site, icelolly.com, has teamed up with licenced bedding specialist, Character World, to provide 60 sets of bedding to the children’s ward at the Yorkshire-based hospital. Character World makes bedding, curtains and other goods featuring brands such as Lucasfilm, Marvel and Disney.

Over the last 12 months, icelolly.com has dedicated the majority of its fundraising efforts to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, the organisation that supports the heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary. This includes regular fundraising events for staff to get involved with such as bake sales, cocktail afternoons, quizzes and team games.

The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund helps young people born with congenital heart defects, providing support to the children and their families as well as funding vital equipment, research projects and training staff.

Andrew Latham, CEO at the UK’s leading holiday comparison site icelolly.com, said: “We have been avid supporters of the Heart Surgery Fund and have seen first-hand the extraordinary care that is provided to children and their families during really difficult times. We are very grateful to our friends at Character World as the new bedspreads have completely transformed the ward with some of the children’s best-loved cartoon characters.”

As a responsible investor, we place great emphasis on environmental, social and governance issues, so it is fantastic that two of our portfolio companies are collaborating to get behind such a worthy cause. We are always looking at ways to give back to the local community and the generosity from the team at Character World will certainly have a positive impact on the kids.

Andy Lees

Partner, Palatine Private Equity