Poorly children at Basildon University Hospital have a fantastic bright new playroom, thanks to donations from a children’s charity and the hospital’s own appeal.
The area for young patients and their families has been given a complete makeover, with new decorations and floor, masses of new toys, a refurbished kitchen and storage units and a soothing sensory room with atmospheric lighting effects.
MCA Trust, a charity that supports children with brain-related cancers, worked in partnership with Seven Kings Masonic Lodge to raise £16,000 to help fund a makeover for the playroom on the children’s wards at Basildon Hospital.
The MCA trust was set up in memory of Michael Charles Adams, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and passed away soon after. While receiving treatment, he said he wanted to make a difference for local children who were suffering as he was. He didn’t have time to fulfil his wish, but his family and friends set up the MCA Trust in his name. Earlier this year, the charity also funded the renovation of the children’s oncology room, where treatments such as chemotherapy are given to young patients.
The hospital’s Polly Parrot appeal for children’s services added a further £10,000 for the refurbishments to the playroom.
MCA Trust and Seven Kings Masonic Lodge representatives were invited to the official opening of the new playroom this week (11 September) and met hospital staff and a young patient, Elizabeth Surry.
Jerusha Murdoch-Kelly, head of nursing and quality, children’s services, said: “Research shows that play can speed children’s recovery and help them get over stressful experiences. This incredibly generous donation has transformed our playroom and is doing so much to support our hospital play team in the excellent work they do with our young patients.”
Keith Isaacs, chair of MCA Trust, said: “We are very pleased to provide funding for more improvements for children at Basildon Hospital, supported by the Seven Kings Masonic Lodge. It is very clear that the hospital makes excellent use of our donations to get the best value for young patients.”