National Play in Hospital Week 2014
Starlight was delighted to support National Play in Hospital Week for a fourth year in October 2014. This is an annual event organised by the National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS). This special week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of play and activity in the treatment of poorly children and young people.
A very big thank you to everyone in hospitals and hospices across the country who took part and especially to those of you who got in touch afterwards to let us know what you got up to! We heard some fantastic stories and have seen some lovely pictures of all sorts of different activities that took place in hospital wards and hospices. Here are just a few examples …
Jenny Griffiths, HPS, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
‘It is the second day of our play week and we are still having a great time thanks to Starlight. We had a morning with the children decorating cakes, biscuits and making choc. krispies cakes – the children again had great fun. We made tea and coffee with cakes for all the parents, carers and staff who all joined in. Lots of noise, lots of mess, but most of all lots of fun which gave the children a chance to forget why they were in hospital.’
Trisha Brigden, Play Co-ordinator, Kettering General Hospital
‘We had a week of special visitors on Skylark Ward including Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Dora the Explorer, Frozen’s Princess Elsa, Minnie and Mickey mouse and Lightning McQueen!’
Jenne McDonald, HPS Play Development Coordinator, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
‘The children created portraits of their own ‘superheroes’ within the hospital which were displayed with the children’s comments. One consultant thought that on a difficult day, reading the comments about why he was a ‘Superhero’ would get him through! We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Play in Hospital Week. It also involved lots of our other colleagues who joined with us to create this special week and helped everyone appreciate the benefits of play in a potentially stressful environment.’
Photographs from Ann Mckinnon, HPS, Medway Maritime Hospital are available to view in the gallery below.
We had some lovely press coverage around the winners of the art competition including from as far south as Kent right up to Scotland. We also arranged an in depth interview in the Birmingham Mail with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Head of Play, Sue Davies. Lots of you were tweeting and posting pictures which also helped to get the messages across too! Thank you!
We hope that we were able to help you draw attention to the important message that play is a serious business when it comes to treating sick children and young people.