Dr VR technology at Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales thanks to charity supporters

Thanks to our amazing supporters, we’re now able to invest in innovative VR technology across three areas of the hospital and emergency care.

Dr VR is a virtual reality distraction therapy tool that supports pain relief, anxiety and stress. A trial of the technology on the children’s emergency unit proved a huge success in supporting young patients in a wide range of scenarios, even avoiding the need for a full admission to hospital in certain cases. Thanks to the brilliant response to our Autumn appeal, that trial will now continue on the unit.

Fundraiser and ultra runner, Olivia Stacey, has now completed an incredible ten marathons in ten days to fund the second of the three VR packs which will go to the paediatric intensive care unit. She smashed her £10,500 target, meaning that we can safely now fund the project on PCCU for at least three years!

Olivia Stacey - Photo from Chloe Bigmore Trust

(Photo of Olivia Stacey, courtesy of the Chloe Bigmore Trust)

Olivia completed her incredible challenge through the Chloe Bigmore Trust, an organisation set up by parents Paul and Lesley in order to provide financial support for projects related to children in memory of their beloved daughter.

The third of our Dr VR packs will support children on Rainbow ward, the oncology unit here at the children’s hospital. We’re able to fund this thanks to supporters who have made donations specifically for children being treated for cancer at Noah’s Ark.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible. The equipment will be with us and helping children very soon. We’ll report back on the impact you’ve made early in the new year.

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