Project information

A new sensory and therapy garden for sick children

We are working with Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester, to provide play equipment, furniture and plants to create a relaxing and therapeutic sensory garden for the children’s unit. Providing this equipment will benefit 27,000 sick or disabled children and babies each year.

April 2014 - October 2014

Charity information: MedEquip4Kids

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  • Need


    The old play area was damaged in storms last year, and had been in place for over 15 years. It has now been condemned so there is no outside space for young patients who are on the ward or waiting for appointments.

    Children who are in hospital for long periods of time really value the opportunity to leave their bedside and go outdoors when friends and family are visiting, or with the play staff.


    The new garden will give patients, families, visitors and medical staff the opportunity to go outdoors to play. The new garden will be accessible for children in wheelchairs and beds, and will include a track for ride-on cars for younger children as well as a quiet area for older teens who are often overlooked within children's services.

    The new project will open up the space and give children access to the outdoors and fresh air.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Give sick children in hospital in Stockport a break from their bedside and access to the open air.


    » Refurbish and open up the play area for children in hospital in Stockport

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the use of the garden after it opens and get feedback from patients, parents and staff as to its success.

  • Impact


    Improved experience of children in hospital - we will carry out evaluation with staff, patients and parents.


    Costs could change - we have allowed a contingency
    Weather could slow building works - we have built in extra time to be cautious.


    We will send out a report six months after the project is completed.
    We will invite donors along to see the garden when it is finished and invite the press along to acknowledge donations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £54,509

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,578 Sensory Garden Groundworks, planters, furniture and accessories
      £18,843 New road and traffic play area Clearing ground, laying soft play surface, track, furniture and toys
      £4,568 Planting Planting, topsoil and labour for whole area
      £3,840 Storage Permanent storage structure with lockable doors and pitch roof
      £7,680 Planning & contingency Architect designs, project management and contingency

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Community collections £2,375 Guaranteed
    Charity Ball 2013 £6,506 Guaranteed
    Company donations £4,676 Guaranteed
    Golf Clubs £5,500 Guaranteed
    Charity Ball table sales £14,000 Guaranteed
    Corporate donation £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The play area is attached to the ground floor of the Treehouse Children's Unit, a dedicated facility for children at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester. The unit treats children from across South Manchester and parts of Derbyshire and Cheshire.

    Postcode: SK2 7JE


    The hospital treat 27,000 children each year as in-patients and outpatients. The age range of beneficiaries will be 0-18, and all beneficiaries will be suffering from some form of ill health, speical needs or disabilities. The patients who will benefit most from the garden will be those with long term health problems.

    The area is very mixed with pockets of deprivation in South Manchester, and more affluent areas in Cheshire.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only charity working with hospitals in the North West to provide enhancements to the hospital environment.

    We have experience of delivering similar projects at hospitals in Burnley, Chester and Oldham. Without our charity's involvement the hospital would not be able to provide this Sensory Garden.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Woodford

    Head of Children's Services at Stepping Hill Hospital She is the main contact from the NHS trust and will prioritise based on the needs of patients

    Martin Band

    Architect - will project manage and make best use of the funds available. Is providing pro bono design work.

    Vicky Bunnage

    Project Manager for MedEquip4Kids - will co-ordinate the fundraising and place all orders for the charity.