Hospital Parties News
Doncaster and Bassettlaw NHS Trust Party - 5th April
Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust Play Leader arranged a fantastic celelebration party. The children had a lovely time from making the food to eating it!! Bruce a POD magician kept the children, parents and staff entertained with his magic tricks. He also went to see each child who was too poorly to go to the party and party food was also taken to them. A huge birthday cake was made by their catering department and it was shared around the party and with children on all wards, the A&E department and the Children's Outpatient Department.
Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust -
4th April until 11th April
Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust's Play Centre started their celebration party fun on 4th April in their Play Centre. They held art and craft activities and played board games for 2 hours with children each day until 11th April.
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital - 14th April
The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service Manager and Action for Sick Children's Administrator organised a fantastic children's celebration party in the Teen Zone of the hospital. Guests were welcomed by music into the hospital atrium with 50th birthday posters made by children and young people with the hospital play specialists and to the Teen Zone by musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music for Health Project. An Action for Sick Children display stand was also displayed in the atrium and piled high with balloons, Parent Packs, information leaflets and freebies. The Teen Zone room was decorated with decorations and balloons provided by Action for Sick Children and a hot and cold buffet was supplied by Sodexo Catering. The party was opened with speeches from the Children's Hospital Divisional Director, Alwyn Hughes and Action for Children Chairman Pamela Barnes. The younger party guests all were given a party hat of their choice and a party blower and everyone was given an Action for Sick Children 50th Anniversary sticker as they arrived. The Health Project musicians played Happy Birthday and everyone joined in and a candle was blown out on the amazing 50th Birthday Cake that was made by Linda Ashcroft. Throughout the afternoon 30 children, their families and hospital staff came to enjoy the party and buffet. They were entertained with games, including the never ending pass-the-parcel game, songs and singing in true style by POD entertained Barrington and Clown Doctor Louby Lou. Barrington also took some fun, magic, party hats, stickers and bags to some children on their wards unable to come to the party. Buffet food was also taken to children unable to come to the party. Party bags from Action for Sick Children and The Starlight Foundation were handed out to everyone as they left.
Evelina Children's Hospital - 15th April
Evelina Children's Hospital Senior Play Specialist organised a celebration craft session with some fun arts and craft projects. They also played some team party games which the children really enjoyed. Action for Sick Children Trustee, Jo Thorogood also joined them. Action for Sick Children party bags were given to all children who went to the party and some were given to children in some of the ward areas including their haemodialysis unit, so the children who couldn't go to the party stilll had the opportunity to have some fun. They have set up an Action for Sick Children information table for the next few weeks providing information for parents and hospital staff.
Kettering General Hospital - 10th April
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust celebrated Action for Sick Children's birthday with a party on Timpson Ward. They invited many of their loyal friends and patients from the ward. Mr Mudge was on fine form and he treated them all to a magic show, a visit from his friendly dragon friend and balloon modelling! Sonia painted their faces with her usual expertise and their hospital catering team provided them with an excellent party tea. They rounded off their party with a slice of delicious cake and every was given a goodie bag and a helium balloon. Their parties are legendary and this was up to their usual standards. An amazing time was had by all. They thank Action for Sick Children and wish us a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
York Hospital - 27th April
The Playteam at York Hospital held a 1960's style party in celebration. They had local press coverage and photographs taken. Children, staff and parents enjoyed the 1960's style party, with games from the 60's, some dressed up in 60's fashion. The hospital canteen made them a beautifully decorated cake and they decorated the party room with Action for Sick Children balloons and psychadelic flowers made by the children. Each child received a party bag provided by Action for Sick Children.
New Cross Hospital - 27th April
The Play Specialists held an activity/party day. Patients from 3 months to 11 years of age enjoyed the fun packed day. In the morning they made party hats, home -made jigsaws made from drawings of hospital staff and word puzzzles of things that can be seen on a hospital ward. They also very kindly had a big Action for Sick Children display in their Playroom throughout April. The hospital catering department provided party food for lunch instead of the normal lunchtime ward food and a specially made chocolate birthday cake which was described as being 'very good' by one party guest. The Play Specialists also brought in a birthday cake to share round. After lunch the party guests were entertained by an entertainer with magic tricks, jokes and balloon modelling. Also their volunteer who helps in the Playroom did some face painting. Party bags were handed out to all the guests and to the Paediatric Assessment Unit. All the parents were delighted with the fact that all the children had such a great day of fun whilst they were in hospital either for a day visit or were staying for a while. They also seemed to appreciate learning about Action for Sick Children and having information that they could keep and pass onto other families with children.
A huge thank you to all our Party Hosts and their guests for helping to make Action for Sick Children's 50th Anniversary Celebrations so very special!!!!