Project information

Let us Play! Let us Play! Let us Play!

Play is vital for Children in hospital. It helps them stay relaxed and combats boredom, especially during long stays away from home. Birmingham Children's Hospital's 'Let us Play' project will help create modern play rooms across the hospital, where Children will be happy while we make them better.

Approximately 12 months

Charity information: Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities

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  • Need


    Feedback from patients shows that our Play facilities are not what they would like them to be. The quality of our play rooms across the hospital varies dramatically; some are very old and do not provide the stimulating environment to help keep children happy.

    Many play rooms are cramped with poor storage for toys. Their design makes it hard for our Play Facilitators to work effectively with our children.

    As well as making children better we need to make sure they are as happy as possible.


    Outstanding play facilities need to be a core part of the services we offer children and families. We know that children who are happy and interested in their surroundings have a better chance of recovery.

    The 'Let us Play' project will ensure that all patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital have equal access to play facilities, every child is included and that the facilities across the hospital are of the same standard.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide high quality play facilities across the hospital to which every child has access.


    » As part of this strategy we will refurbish four Ward Playrooms so that they offer a high quality, stimulating and modern play space for children.

    What success will look like

    Success will be creating four modern & stimulating Playrooms where children can relax, make friends and be happy during their time in hospital.

  • Impact


    The project will address the feedback from patients and families who have asked that we improve our play facilities in the hospital.

    It will provide more attractive spaces for children to take part in play activities and improve the hospital environment, making it a more child friendly place.

    It will enable our Play Facilitators to work more effectively.

    We will demonstrate success by monitoring feedback from children and families about the play facilities we provide.


    The hospital does not have the funds available to pay for these new play rooms. They will have to be provided by charitable donations, so there is a risk that if we do not raise the funds required we will not be able to refurbish these areas. We are addressing this risk by making the 'Let Us Play' project a core part of our Fundraising strategy over the next 12 months.

    We are creating bespoke marketing materials for this project and will communicate this campaign to all our supporters.


    We will provide our donors with regular information on this project through direct mailings, email updates, via our Social Media channels and our website. We will also provide information in our Fundraising Hub and in public areas across the hospital.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £213,333

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      Amount Heading Description
      £213,333 Building & renovation Costs of design, building and renovation of four hospital playrooms.
  • Background


    Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a special place for children and families who come here for treatment. Established in 1862 with just 16 beds dedicated to children, the hospital has since expanded to become one of the country’s leading children’s hospitals.


    We provide the widest range of children’s health services for young patients from Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond, with over 240,000 patient visits every year.

    Children from across the region who come to Birmingham for treatment for serious medical conditions will benefit from having high quality play facilities. In particular children who are in hospital for long periods will have their experience hugely improved.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities exists to make things better for the children in our hospital, their families and the staff who treat them, by providing additional facilities, equipment and research and by creating a caring environment for all who use the Hospital.

    Over the last year we have raised over £5m to support the hospital's work through a range of succesful fundraising events and campaigns, including our Children's Cancer Centre Appeal.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Yvonne Millard

    Clinical Lead for our Play Strategy.

    Birmingham Children's Hospital Fundraising Team

    We are a small team of dedicated Fundraisers who are passionate about working with donors to make our hospital the best it can be for children.



Play in hospital is vital. Some children are with us for long periods & good play facilities allow them to be children & not just patients

Yvonne Millard - Clinical Lead for Play