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Project information

Magic of Play Appeal

Over 3,000 babies & children are cared for on the Children's Unit at the Lister hospital, Stevenage each year. A 2015 fundraising appeal provided a new Playroom, but now we want to ensure it remains equipped with toys, games & sensory equipment. We also want state-of-the-art medical equipment.

January 2016 - December 2018

Charity information: East & North Herts NHS Trust Charitable Fund

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  • Need


    Children & young people are spending long periods of time on the Children's Ward - away from their friends, family members and school. They need to be stimulated and educated and, where possible, mix with their peers. We want to improve the hospital experience for them all - especially those who have suppressed immune systems or are bed-ridden. We want to create as much of a 'home-from-home' environment as we can whilst ensuring they receive the best possible clinical care.


    The new Playroom provided a state-of-the-art space for children to mix and play in safety. It provides a communal area to encourage mixing, a dedicated area for teenagers, a sensory room and a room for those with reduced immune systems. We have a team of Play Specialists who work with the children to stimulate, educate and entertain.

    We now want to take our learnings to extend this play area into the ward and into other areas of the hospital to make them more child-friendly.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure toys, games and equipment are regularly replaced so children have access to the best


    » Fundraise for the more specialist items and accept donations of 'as new' toys and games

    What success will look like

    By monitoring the standard and quantity of the equipment available compared to when the Playroom first opened and in line with the number of patients now compared to then

  • Impact


    Children will have a better and more enjoyable hospital experience which will reduce their stress levels and aid their recovery. We will measure this through feedback from our Play Specialists and from parents/guardians who are best placed to monitor improvements and levels of happiness in their loved ones


    All play equipment is funded by the Charity so if no funds are raised and no product donations are made, the existing equipment will be damaged, lost and broken and the standard of equipment available will be reduced.

    We currently have sufficient charitable funds to maintain a basic level of replacement and are proactively fundraising to purchase new items and increase quantities to accommodate rising patient numbers.


    Donors are welcome to visit the Children's Ward (under supervision at all times) to see the difference their support is making first hand. We are also happy to provide written reports including pictures and case studies of children who have benefited from the project

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,800 Toys & Games Replacement items to maintain current stocks
      £1,000 Toys & Games New items to accommodate increasing patient numbers
      £1,000 Outpatients Equipment to create child-friendly areas in other parts of the hospital
      £2,200 Medical equipment For use on the Children's Ward
  • Background


    The Children's Ward is located at the Lister hospital in Stevenage. This hospital is a District General Hospital which services much of Hertfordshire and south Bedfordshire.


    Up to 3,000 babies, children and young people each year who are cared for at the Lister as well as their family members.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Charity is dedicated to supporting patients at the Lister hospital and has extremely close links with the hospital staff. This enables us to identify projects for funding and deliver them

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cath Cole

    Interim Head of Charity