A MAGIC Carpet is making a big difference to children’s treatment at St Mary’s Hospital — thanks to regulars of an Isle of Wight pub.
Yates’s, in Newport High Street, raised more than £1,700 for the children’s ward to enable it to buy the life-changing piece of therapeutic play equipment.
Yates’s general manager, Ronan McCann, said: "We are delighted to have raised such a large amount of money to provide a piece of magic that will make a big difference for the children at St Mary’s."
Children’s ward play specialist Dionne Davies said: "We are extremely grateful for the fundraising activity that Yates’s carried out to raise a substantial percentage towards the £8,000 Magic Carpet.
"The Magic Carpet provides respite for children with long-term illnesses, acts as a distraction during treatment and banishes fear by projecting images and games into the ward.
"The carpet has a brilliant range of fun games on it, from football to fish tanks to flower gardens. Each of the interactive games responds to the children’s movement.
"It is amazing to hear children’s laughter flooding down the corridors on the ward when they are playing with it."