Fun At The Hospital
As a charity, it’s important to us that while supporting the big things that improve medical outcomes, we also remember the children and families at the centre of it all. During 2019 we launched two new activities created to help make the
hospital experience less stressful and more child focused, providing a degree of normality, holistic support and a sprinkling of fun in to their everyday lives.
Children and families who spend time at the hospital don’t want for anything more than the great care that is provided to them, but after organising some fun events for parents during the run up to Christmas, we decided to provide more fun treats for patients, their siblings and parents during their stay. We now run weekly events in the Noah’s Ark Fundraising Hub and on the wards including visits from our popular therapy dog, Nico, glitter tattoos and parent pamper sessions.
Thankfully, many children don’t stay in hospital for long but there are those who spend weeks or even months here. Hospital days can be long ones, especially when you’re away from friends and extended family, and there isn’t a great deal to look forward to while you’re here. So we’ve set up the Sparkle Fund, which allows us to arrange or plan nice little things for some of the longer term patients or those who are in hospital on a special occasion.
Some of the lovely things we’ve been able to arrange include Zaegar’s Harry Potter inspired 13th Birthday, little Laila’s first ever visit to Santa and Muhumad’s 2nd Birthday.
It’s a triple whammy birthday celebration here at the charity today with Mia our awe inspiring young ambassador, our brilliant supporter, the Lord Mayor of Cardiff and little Muhumad sharing their special day. Muhumad is spending his second birthday on Jungle Ward so we thought we’d surprise him with a visit from his favourite character, Chase, who came bearing gifts. Muhumad, your big sister is being very helpful by “looking after” your presents for you in her rucksack 🙂 Mum, Retaj, was hoping Muhumad would be well enough to go home for his birthday today, after spending almost two weeks on intensive care. We hope you get home to all your other presents soon Muhumad. Special thanks to Characters N Co, who give their time voluntarily to help put smiles on the faces of so many children here.Penblwydd hapus Mia, Lord Mayor and Muhumad.
Posted by Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Charity on Wednesday, 6 March 2019