WHH Charity has been given a rare opportunity to secure up to £5000 of funding for an outside play area for the Children’s Ward at Warrington and Halton Hospital. As two local children – twins Ruben and Elena are running 100km to raise money for this incredible project. Ruben and Elena’s Running challenge is called Running 4 Dr Ozzy!
The overriding project is called Making Waves and as a project description is to provide an outdoor play area which is bright, colourful, interactive & accessible to all within the children’s ward at Warrington Hospital. The project will carry the nautical theme that already exist within the ward with its fun characters that will help children take positive links and experiences home with them. The play area will not only provide our young patients, siblings & visitors to the unit but also cater for the older teenager age group this will give our patients the opportunity to experience a little piece of normality as well as being able to take time out of what is already a stressful situation. This new area will include things such as interactive games, all weather flooring, sensory garden, teenage area, covered area and wheelchair access to all areas (including a pirate ship!) however the most exciting part of this garden – as if that wasn’t enough I hear you say! – is that we wish to create an easy bed access to the play area which will then allow us to be able to invite our bed ridden young patients to also join us and experience something other than the four walls of the ward.
Our staff member Jill Holland, Children’s Play Co-Ordinator, said ‘the play area will offer the children and their family a little piece of normality, a distraction that may comfort them through stressful times’.
Every child that will be impacted by this project will be within the paediatric department or have a sibling within these areas, Being in hospital can bring many difficulties and issues which certainly creates disadvantages to the average young person not attending hospital. The young people this project will support will be children in the Warrington Hospital on the children’s ward. The young people in the hospital and their families will be only ones using the outside play area due to only being accessible via the ward. The play area will offer the children and their families a little piece of normality, a distraction that will help comfort them through challenging times.
Hospital is always a difficult and for many, a frightening place for young children no matter what their medical issues are and we are trying to build some normality in to their lives. Annually our hospitals treat over 30,000 children of which a high volume of that figure will be able to utilise this area. National research has shown providing poorly children with the opportunity to be able to interact and play with others, aide’s recovery. Further research has also been carried out via our ward staff with reference how such an area would make a difference to our patients and what their thoughts are on the existing play area.
We hope that people vote for for us as it is a crucial project for the town of Warrington to have a such a valuable resource that will enable children’s recovery and experience much more enjoyable. Being able to play in the fresh air area is a very important part of a children’s well-being as it means the children can be happier in the environment. Supporting Ruben and Elena’s running challenge is all about kids helping kids. This is a heartwarming story that two kids are undertaking such a momentous challenge to help to build this garden.
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