No longer pie in the sky . . .


Thousands of children will benefit from improved health outcomes thanks to the recently launched state-of-the-art Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation Clinical Research Centre at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation’s very generous leadership gift of $2 million, helped realise Kids Research’s dream of a purpose-built research centre. The donation was supplemented by funding from the NSW State Government, EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment and the personal estate of Beryl Law.

The new Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation Clinical Research Centre is designed to ensure that patients and families take centre stage—in every research engagement and in every clinical trial.

The Centre houses 13 outpatient spaces, the Humpty Dumpty Paediatric Gait Analysis Laboratory, an interactive Kids Zone Entertainment Room and a purpose-built kitchen for developing and preparing food challenges. It also features a pathology specimen laboratory and a clinical trials pharmacy.

Sargents Pies are long-time supporters of the Hospital and we are tremendously proud and grateful for their generous partnership supporting children’s health care since 1998. Thanks to their steadfast commitment over the years, the Hospital has been equipped with the best available diagnostic and surgical equipment to treat some of the most complex and varied medical conditions.

Officially opened in March by The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW and The Hon Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, guest Laura Bonarrigo, mother of five-year-old Valentino, spoke about the power of clinical research.

Laura talked about the positive outcomes experienced by her son, Valentino, who became involved in clinical trials exploring egg allergies at just four months of age.

Professor Dianne Campbell and the Allergy and Immunology group provided Valentino with carefully researched food plans, so he could thrive and grow into a healthy infant.  

At 10 months of age, Valentino was further diagnosed with a severe allergy to dairy products and at risk of anaphylaxis. Since then, after successfully completing clinical food challenges with the Allergy and Immunology group, Valentino, now five years old, is egg allergy free and can tolerate baked goods. 

Undertaking breakthrough research and delivering world-class health care is expensive and requires long-term investment.  Philanthropic gifts from generous community and corporate supporters like Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation, have a transformational impact in significantly advancing research into childhood diseases to change and save young lives for generations to come.


Like to support our brightest medical researchers find answers to our biggest health questions?

Email Dianne Wigan, Philanthropy Manager, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation on 02 9845 3473.