Young patients take a magic carpet ride

By Richard Wright

Sunday, February 23, 2014


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."



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by Keven Ball

23rd February 2014, at 22:27:47

That is odd. The doctors I had when I was ill as a child came in and did their job and left patients to recover in the child's unit. I never had any of this dressing-up and acting silly, it can be good or bad as some children might not like it and it could upset the children further? Interesting information, maybe this is why the hospitals are being monitored down south? However, I do like the sound of this Magic Carpet and hope people will back it?

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by Peter Jeffery

23rd February 2014, at 20:35:10


My son went to Southampton children's ward when he was 15 for a frightening Op, I won't describe as it still brings back nightmares, but they had a couple of junior doctors dressed and acting as clowns. Silly, and of course he did the 'Kevin and Perry, "You are not my parent" act', but he still has the picture they gave him, and the younger kids in the ward, aged approx 2 mths to 16 yrs really loved it.

I remember the 'good old days' when as an eight year old, you had your tonsills out in a normal ward, with short visiting hours and I was scared to death.

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by Mike Crowe

23rd February 2014, at 17:05:11

Clover you might be interested to know that in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the scheme is worked in the following hospitals ...

Andover Hospital Basingstoke Hospital
Royal Bournemouth Hospital Queen Alexandra Hospital Cosham
Frimley Park Hospital (Surrey) Havant Women’s Refuge
Lymington Hospital St Mary’s Hospital Newport IOW
Portsmouth Regional Hospital Portsmouth Women’s Refuge
Southampton General Hospital St John Ambulance
Winchester Hospital New Forest Women’s Refuge
And countywide.

So glad you and your grandson appreciate it.

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by Keven Ball

23rd February 2014, at 15:17:16

I feel a link would be good so all the readers here could support and maybe donate some money towards this Magic Carpet fund?

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by Clover Meadows

23rd February 2014, at 14:07:25

My grandson has one of the teddies he calls hospital bear, from when he was two years old, he is seven now and it is still on his bed. Even more special, he left it at the hospital after his treatment and they posted it to him. The comfort it continues to give him whenever he is ill, proves how special the idea is.

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by Keven Ball

23rd February 2014, at 12:12:19

Wonderful to read about and well done. I hope they can raise the full amount. If we can help please send us a link?

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by Mike Crowe

23rd February 2014, at 11:48:05

It doesn't take much to take the children's minds off where they are. Another scheme for children who might be in distress in hospital is where they are provided with a Teddy Bear for comfort and it is there's to take home afterwards.

I did see on a photo album site, very young children introduced to the hospital environment via their Teddies which were 'examined' and 'bandaged' as required ................. or not, but it gave the children an intro so that if they had to come into hospital they were aware of what was going to happen.

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