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The Whittington Hospital Charitable Funds

Whittington Hospital Children's Play Terrace Redevelopment

In 2019, the Ifor Ward's Children's Play Terrace will be redeveloped, a safe space where young patients are provided with a variety of physical, social and mental benefits in a hospital environment.
Charity Registration No: 1056452

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In a single year, over 2,000 children are cared for in the Whittington Hospital Ifor Childrens Ward, all of whom are admitted in emergency situations. This includes children receiving treatment for illnesses such as cancer and strokes. One of the most popular areas of the ward is the Childrens Play Terrace, a secure outdoors space where children can enjoy time with their families, friends and professional play specialists.

After many years of use and appreciation, the Childrens Play Terrace has become dated. In addition to installing new play equipment and fittings, the refurbishment plans intend to double the size of the Play Terrace, incorporating a space which is currently unused. The New Play Terrace will be built to complement a child's treatment and recovery, whilst also offering a safe space to unwind.

The importance of play has developed into a vital factor when treating children in a hospital environment. Although we endeavour to make our children's ward as friendly as possible, it is still, necessarily, a clinical place for children struggling with their hospital experience, the Play Terrace is a calmer and more familiar environment, away from hospital beds and machines. Children with mental health issues especially value the outdoor area, as well as the rabbits, kept in their own secure hutch. In many instances, the Play Terrace allows children to enjoy their time at the hospital, and instead of being scared of returning for treatment, they arrive happy and calm.

The design of the Bright Space has been developed collaboratively with the hospitals paediatric team and patients, the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children and playscape design specialist, Timotay, it includes:

Decking and ramps to provide access to the entire space and support gross motor development

Rainbow canopies which catch the light and rain, stimulating the senses; and provide shelter and shade in all weathers

Rabbit hutch and shelter to accommodate the wards rabbits, which reduce childrens anxiety

Bespoke London cityscape construction area and chalkboard which reference the external environment familiar to the children, and support gross and fine motor, and creative development

Den and play tunnel

Tactile panels and chalk boards

Dedicated teen retreat for older children to enjoy

The works are estimated to take up to 8 weeks to complete. Our plan is to officially open the Whittington Play Terrace by Summer 2019.

We hope that you will support our project to transform our Childrens Play Terrace into a Bright Space, which our youngest patients and their families can use and enjoy for many years to come. If you would like any further information, please contact Eddie Mitchell at fundraising.whitthealth@nhs.net.

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Lara Chinn

£37,321.90

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Naomi Roper

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Laura Heath

£3,260.00

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Jamie Stevenson

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Samantha Cooray

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Anonymous

3 months ago

Anonymous

4 months ago

This is a beautiful project. The outside play area in Ifor Ward helped us all so much when my son spent a few critical days with a fast growing tumor before being transferred to Great Ormand Street.

susannah wise

4 months ago

Sarah

4 months ago

My son was treated on Ifor Ward as a baby and I will be forever grateful for the care he received there.

Nick Bowles

5 months ago

Our daughter spent 2 nights on ifor ward. The staff were great & the playground is a lovely space for kids to have some respite from their illnesses - the intended redevelopment will only add to this

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About the charity

The Whittington Hospital Charitable Funds
The Whittington Hospital Charitable Funds

Whittington Hospital Charitable Funds supports all services across Whittington Health NHS providing integrated hospital & community care services to 500,000+ people across Islington, Haringey & beyond. Please choose a ward, department or service in the community you would like to support.

Charity Registration No: 1056452

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£63,257.29

+ £1,696.00 Gift Aid

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£1,667.00

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Whittington Hospital Children's Play Terrace Redevelopment

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