Momentum Children's Charity

Transforming Kingston Hospital Children’s Garden

Hospitals can be scary places for children. The environment where young patients are treated makes a huge difference to their experience. We’ll use design, furniture and sensory play items to create a multi-functional space that encourages outdoor play and helps sick children make happy memories.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 July 2022 to 9:00 PM, 17 July 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1106677)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£25,000

Amount raised

£12,549

Donations

122

    Categories

  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

The current garden at Kingston Hospital has recently been stripped out and works have been carried out by the hospital trust to resolve issues with drainage, replace outdated electrical circuit boards and improve disability access. It is now an empty space that is under-utilised and lacking in furniture or play equipment, resulting in 15,000 children annually, including inpatients on Sunshine & Dolphin wards and those visiting outpatients, unable to enjoy its full potential.

Solution

Our project will transform the hospital's recently restored outdoor courtyard, helping to make it usable again for thousands of seriously ill children. The whole area will be designed with a nature theme, using giant, striking woodland wall-art, sensory play items and furniture to create a calm haven in the heart of Kingston Hospital. The garden will be accessible for different age groups and health needs, with areas for children staying in hospital as inpatients plus those visiting Outpatients.

  • When you are stuck in hospital and it feels like there is tumbleweed blowing through corridors, the current garden is quite depressing. Instead it could be a wonderful haven and enjoyable place to pass the hours and we are so excited for this transformation to happen!

    — Parent of child with cancer