Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recently taken charge of eight Starlight Fun Centres and two of these new machines have been funded by Beaudesert Park School in Minchinhampton. The school hosts The Autumn Fair, an annual shopping event that raises money for charity, and funds raised at the 2011 event were generously donated to Starlight’s Fun Centre Project.
Attending the special unveiling at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital were pupils from Beaudesert Park School, Fiona Womersley, Headmaster’s Wife at the school and actress and Starlight co-founder Emma Samms.
Louise Danter, Play Specialist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, said, “They have not been with us long but they are already proving incredibly popular with patients and staff alike! The Starlight Fun Centres can be used in a number of ways to entertain and distract children during their hospital visit.
“They can be used to distract a child in bed that is undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy or a blood transfusion and to motivate children that need controlled exercise to aid their rehabilitation and can therefore speed their recovery time by building mobility. They are an invaluable resource!”
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