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New equipment helping children through play

Sick children at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are now benefitting from portable sensory equipment to aid them in their recovery.

A Rhino Sensory Voyager with a Hurricane Column has been purchased with funds donated by the Magical Power of Play Appeal (MPOPA) and is being used across all children’s areas at Pinderfields Hospital.

Katie Field, Play Specialist at the Trust, said; “We were delighted when the Magical Power of Play Appeal contacted us to offer a donation. Play is such an important part of a child’s recovery and rehabilitation during their stay in hospital.

“We have created our own sensory trolley but it isn’t very sophisticated, so we knew straight away what we wanted to purchase with our donation. The Sensory Voyager is like a trolley that we can add different items of equipment to such as fibre optics and a sound system. At the moment we just have the Hurricane Column but are hoping to raise funds over the coming years to add more to it.”

Val Jackson, Chief Executive at Action for Sick Children, who launched the MPOPA, said: “Our research showed that 94% of Health Play Specialists fund their own resources and we wanted to do something to help. Being able to provide children in hospital with an adequate supply of appropriate play resources to aid their recovery and rehabilitation is what our appeal is all about.

“The donation to Pinderfields is the third we have made since we started in January this year and we hope that through our continued donations we can help to make hospital stays much less stressful for children.”

The Hurricane Column is now up and running and being enjoyed by children at Pinderfields Hospital.

“It creates a calming environment,” continued Katie, “and being portable means we can take it to those patients who are less mobile. It’s educational as well, as it helps children with their colour recognition.”

Picture: Patient Jessica Armour, enjoying the benefits of the Hurricane Column with Katie Field, Play Specialist at the Trust.