The week of the 6th October saw the launch of a great partnership, as the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity took over the funding of the Therapeutic Play Department.
Going to hospital can be a scary experience for anyone. Whether it’s a short stay or the need for prolonged treatment, the play therapists are there to help make life less stressful for younger patients.
A major part of the day to day running of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital, they are based on each ward and work with the patients and staff to assist with treatment, explain procedures to the patients and provide a listening ear for any concerns the patients and family may have. Their job is to make every single child who enters through their doors feel at ease with the treatment they are about to face, by providing specialised toys, books and constant support to their young patients.
Suzanne Mainwaring, Director of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity said; “We are so thrilled and proud to be able to support this service, and as the official charity, we work incredibly hard to raise the vital funds needed to continue to be there for the ongoing needs of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales.”
During the week the play team and the charity worked together to hold a number of events for the patients. Beginning the week with a Balloon Party; children took part in arts and crafts, face painting and nail art and ended the week with a fantastic Mad Hatters Tea Party! The team also worked on the wards with the patients throughout the week to put together a time capsule which was buried in the Noah’s Ark Garden on the Friday.
Noah’s Ark would like to thank the Play Therapy Department for all their hard work during the week and all the companies who supported the week with Gifts in Kind and donations of stock. These included: Ikea Wales, the Black Cock Inn Caerphilly, Krispy Kreme, Celtic Props, Fancy Dress Shop Cowbridge Road East, Marigold Costumes and Children’s Entertainer Jasper.