Boost to Christchurch Hospital children’s play area

Christchurch Hospital opens children’s play area in the main outpatients following generous donations from funders.

After receiving a £2,500 donation from the Christchurch Hospital League of Friends and £7,800 from Christchurch Drill Hall Charity, Bournemouth Hospital Charity were able to fund a new children’s play area at Christchurch Hospital.

It is anticipated that the play area will help to alleviate undue stress and worry for young patients at the hospital by improving the environment and overall experience for them.

The initiative was spearheaded by staff members, Odette Rodda, Carol Penfold, Di Potter, Sarah Smith and Dr Ian Pearson, who saw a real need to help their younger patients.

Mayor of Christchurch, Councillor Mrs Lesley Dedman, was also present at the event to officially open the play area as the Christchurch Drill Hall Charity Trust representative.

Paediatric Advanced Nurse Specialist Odette Rodda said,

“I am delighted that we have been able to plan, develop and deliver a play area for our patients, that provides both traditional toys and electronic interactive technology suitable for all ages.

We are very grateful for the generous donations received from our funders, which enabled this vision to become a reality. Already, the feedback is fantastic and the excitement on the faces of the children a joy to watch. Our clinics have been beautifully transformed.”

Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s Senior Community Fundraiser, Sara Armstrong, went along to the opening and said,

“The development of the play area is a fantastic example of what’s possible when our hospital charity, clinicians and members of our community work together to help our hospitals continue to provide the kind of care we would all expect for our own friends and family.”

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