Rockinghorse Children's Charity

Sensory Garden for Sick Sussex Children

When a child is so sick they are admitted to hospital it is a scary and stressful experience; even more so for those who have a much longer stay. An outdoor sensory garden at The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital will provide a place of calm away from the ward, to support well-being and recovery.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1018759)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom


The Alex cares for up to 100 children at any one time on an inpatient basis. Twenty of those will be longer stay patients. A stay in hospital can be scary and stressful. Being in such an alien environment for extended periods can effect mental and emotional well-being. The children need a space away from the ward where they can escape the phycological effects of a long hospital stay. The hospital's current garden is old and not completely accessible by wheelchair, so desperately needs updating.


We are fundraising to update and revamp the current sensory garden at the hospital, to give the children an outside, fun, interactive and accessible space away from the bustle of the hospital wards. The new garden will be an inviting space providing sensory and play equipment and an area for relaxation. It will provide distraction and fun for the children, while giving parents an outside space for a break.

  • Our sensory garden is the long-term patient’s only chance of going outside, so it's really important that it's inviting. Our current garden is in huge need of a revamp as the equipment is very worn and broken in places. We are hoping to have new sensory and play equipment and an area to relax.

    — Alice Pashley, member of the Play Team at The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital

  • The garden at The Alex is important as it gives my son something to look forward to when he is in and out of hospital. He enjoys being out in the fresh air and it gives him the chance to be away from all the medical interventions and to just be a child having fun.

    — Parent of a long stay child at The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital