A PROJECT to build a children's playground at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in memory of Sophie Rolf, is underway after the contracts were signed yesterday (Tuesday) — in the run up to her seventh birthday.
The £45,000 play area, which is being funded by KissyPuppy, will be part of plans by the hospice and Sophie's charity fund to develop greater services for children.
Sophie's mum Gemma Blamire said the idea for the play area began when Sophie was a visitor to the hospice.
She said: "They had an indoor area but we all thought that there seemed to be a lot of children around, whether patients or those visiting relatives, who would welcome a larger outdoor area.
"Sophie was very enthusiastic about the idea and helped in some of the fundraising. We are delighted that we have now signed the contract to get the project underway."
The play area outside the John Cheverton Centre will include clatter bridge, wobble board, timber team swing, a spinning saucer and swinging steps.
Building work, which will be carried out by Isle of Wight firm Brighstone Landscaping, is set to start next week and it is planned to be ready for play by November.
Hospice chief executive Jo Blackburn said: "This play area is another important step in the process of providing services for children and young people. It will also be visible from the John Cheverton Centre which is fantastic as we know that many of the people using our service love to watch children enjoying themselves at play."