This week is National Play in Hospital Week!

This week is NAHPS National Play in Hospital Week!

Starlight is delighted to support National Play in Hospital Week (NPIHW) for a fourth year.  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, and this year the week has the theme of ‘Play is good for your health.’

Information and Activity Pack

This year’s Information and Activity Pack is available to download here.

The pack contains a variety of materials to help you organise a week of fun activities in celebration of NPIHW.

National Art Competition Winners!

This year we asked children to submit a drawing that illustrates their ‘favourite way to play or relax in hospital’ and we were thrilled to receive hundreds of wonderful drawings – a big thank you to everyone who submitted entries!

We are pleased to announce the following winners:

Region Hospital Winner
Ireland Belfast Hospital for Sick Children Tammy Duncan
London University College London Hospital Maria Clara Bennett
Midlands Colchester General Hospital Annie Barter
North Whiston Hospital Sean Hagan
Scotland Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital Phoebe Allan
South Darent Valley Hospital Ellie Merryweather
Wales and West Treated at Evelina Children’s Hospital Harvey Morgan
National Winner! Colchester General Hospital Annie Barter

Congratulations to all our winners!  We are delighted to be sending our national winner Annie a £50 voucher and our thanks to toy company Tobar for donating a selection of prizes for the regional winners.

Please let us know what you are up to!

Please do let us know how you will be celebrating this week – we would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope you have a fantastic National Play in Hospital Week and that all the children, young people and staff enjoy the celebrations.

For further information about NAHPS please refer to