On 30 June 1929, a radio appeal on behalf of the Cheyne Hospital for Children was made by Sir Nigel Playfair, saying that the hospital "was founded over fifty years ago to receive children who were discharged or excluded from the General Hospitals because they suffered from incurable complaints, or because their cases required more and longer treatment than the larger hospitals were able to give. In some instances, the continuous nursing of patients at Cheyne Hospital extends to several years. Over 80% of the patients treated have been discharged in a cured or relieved condition. HM the Queen is President of the Hospital and the Earl of Cromer is chairman of the committee. Statistics show that Cheyne Hospital and its Branch Hospital at St Nicholas-at-Wade near Margate, are economically run; but the need for improvements has made extensive demands upon their resources".