Play Leader Tonya Webber at Southampton General Hospital is the recipient of our first ever Power of Play Award. This award is incredibly special because nominations were submitted by the families of patients.
Tonya regularly uses creativity and fun activities to help ease her patients through their treatments and recovery. From making ice-cream parlours out of felt and pompoms to make dinosaur masks, Tonya focuses her energy on bringing a smile to the children’s faces through often tough, scary or boring ties at the hospital.
Tonya’s dedication and caring nature was recognised by the family who nominated her for this award. Since January of this year, Tonya has been supporting and caring for Matias (Matti), a six-year old boy waiting for a kidney transplant following renal failure, and his mum Marjorie, through their regular hospital visits for tests and treatments.