Peanut Play Appeal: Play time at Peanut Ward
GOING into hospital can be a nerve-wracking experience for most people.
But for children, many too young to understand what is happening, hospitals can be a frightening place.
For this reason the East Grinstead Courier and Observer has teamed up with the Queen Victoria Hospital to raise cash for new play equipment.
The Peanut Ward is on the verge of expanding into a new wing, which will include a waiting area and treatment and consultation rooms.
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Staff on the ward are hoping to include play panels in the new wing.
Play panels can be fixed to the wall and there is a multitude of different activities they can incorporate including spinning mazes, heat sensitive screens for drawing and hand printing and mirrors.
The idea behind the panels is to make visits to the ward less stressful for in and out patients at Queen Victoria Hospital.
Sarah, whose three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Emily backs the campaign.
"Having something for the children to play with is hugely important", she said.
"Coming to the hospital can be really stressful, the more things that can help to relax the patient is definitely good. Interactive items are always a good idea."
Debbie was at the Peanut ward with her nine-year-old son Oscar. It was Oscar's third visit to the Queen Victoria Hospital ward and Debbie highlighted the importance of having something for patients to do.
"When they (children) are here they are very nervous. There needs to be something here that will distract them.
"Having something interactive is good especially for older children.
"I think it is very important to keep their minds off of what is going on."
How you can donate to our campaign:
- A campaign team will be collecting your loose change outside Waitrose, East Grinstead, from 9am tomorrow (Friday).
- We will also be at the Lingfield Christmas shopping evening tomorrow. Turn to page 12 for more information.
- Come and find us at the Christmas shopping day taking place in London Road, East Grinstead, on Sunday. Courier and Observer and hospital staff will be collecting your money with the help of characters from Chequer Mead's panto Aladdin.
- Find out more about the campaign or donate at Chequer Mead's Christmas fair on December 12.
- If you can't make it along to one of these events why not hold your own. To find out more call Emily Bridges on 01293 597609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also contribute by sending cheques, made payable to Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund, to Peanut Play Appeal, Suite 2, Belgrave House, Station Way, Crawley, RH10 1HU.