Local Care Force is very proud to be raising money for Leeds’ Children’s Cancer & Haematology Ward.PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR TARGET!
The Leeds’ Children’s Cancer & Haematology Ward treats patients from birth to 12 years – treating children for a variety of cancers and serious blood disorders.
Depending on diagnosis children’s journeys can vary but they can stay on the ward for days, weeks and even months at a time.
Some children, and all transplant patients, will spend large amounts of time in isolation due to infections or having to be in protective isolation. Treatment can last for years – with years of long-term follow-ups.
A message from the Play Team Leader on the Ward:
“Play is an important part of the children’s ward. The role of the play team is to use play as a tool to support children through their hospital journey. Play creates an environment where stress and anxiety are reduced and provides some normality. The play team facilitate fun, creative activities each day within the play room, and also with children in isolation rooms, to provide fun and distraction away from hospital procedures.
We help children understand procedures, such as scans, by using medical play equipment and by using role play with dolls and a toy scanning machine at a level they understand. This gives them the tools to feel better prepared and have an understanding of what is going to happen.
Another part of our role is to help distract the child from painful procedures such as cannulas. We use a variety of play types such as games on iPads and sensory, noisy toys for our younger children.
Play really does make a huge difference to help support the children, their siblings and parents through the devastating diagnosis of cancer, or a serious blood disorder.”
Our aim is to raise £1,200 to buy a new TV for the patient’s treatment room, lots of sensory equipment, therapeutic toys, DVDs, communal toys for the play room & personal presents for each child on the ward.
Associate Partner at Local Care Force, Adam Silverwood, decided to start this fundraising initiative after hearing about his friend’s son who received treatment on the ward.
We will randomly select one lucky donator to receive an amazing hamper at the end of the campaign… The hamper includes lots of delicious treats and an iPad!
We hope you can make this small donation. It will make a massive difference to some very worthy children and their families.