East & North Herts NHS Trust Charitable Fund

Magic of Play Appeal

Over 3,000 babies & children are cared for on the Children's Unit at the Lister hospital, Stevenage each year. A 2015 fundraising appeal provided a new Playroom, but now we want to ensure it remains equipped with toys, games & sensory equipment. We also want state-of-the-art medical equipment.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2016 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1053338)

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Children & young people are spending long periods of time on the Children's Ward - away from their friends, family members and school. They need to be stimulated and educated and, where possible, mix with their peers. We want to improve the hospital experience for them all - especially those who have suppressed immune systems or are bed-ridden. We want to create as much of a 'home-from-home' environment as we can whilst ensuring they receive the best possible clinical care.


The new Playroom provided a state-of-the-art space for children to mix and play in safety. It provides a communal area to encourage mixing, a dedicated area for teenagers, a sensory room and a room for those with reduced immune systems. We have a team of Play Specialists who work with the children to stimulate, educate and entertain. We now want to take our learnings to extend this play area into the ward and into other areas of the hospital to make them more child-friendly.