A charity appeal to buy interactive mobile gaming kits to be used by sick youngsters being treated at Walsall Manor Hospital has been launched today.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Well Wishers charity wants to raise £4,000 to buy two of TheRockinR units. These provide interactive mobile gaming solutions, technology and equipment for children and young people in hospital.
Each gaming cart is specifically built for the medical environment and helps healthcare professionals, play specialists and play facilitators to provide much-needed recreation and play to children and young people who are immobile, staying in hospital or visiting as an outpatient.
Jo Plank, Walsall Healthcare Assistant Play Specialist who suggested the appeal for the Children’s Ward at Walsall Manor Hospital, said: “Patients on our ward will benefit massively as not only is the cart a great distraction tool, but something familiar, which all children need to normalise play during their stay.
“It would also be good for longer stay patients to help with boredom and children who may be nervous being in hospital.”
Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley added: “Well Wishers welcomes the appeal suggested by Jo and would love – through fundraising – to be able to supply at least two of TheRockinR at a cost of just under £2,000 each.
“I’m sure local supporters and fundraisers will join in the challenge of helping us raise the money and I welcome any ideas to raise funds.”
If anyone would like to make a donation or any companies or organisations would like to support the appeal they are asked to contact Georgie on 01922 656643.