A Magic Carpet for children at PRUH

A Magic Carpet for children at PRUH

The children’s ward at Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) has a magical new sensory learning tool, thanks to a generous donation of £10,000 from the Rotary Club of Bromley.

The Magic Carpet is a fantastic piece of kit for children and young people of all ages and abilities. It can be wheeled to children’s beds when they’re not able to leave them to provide a more stimulating environment.

Mobile magic

The Magic Carpet machine with projection on

The mobile digital projector can display interactive games and images anywhere and is movement sensitive. Children can activate beautiful music and fun visual scenes with even the slightest of movements, which is particularly important for those with special needs due to developmental delays.

‘The Magic Carpet enhances the hospital visit for children and their families, and aids distraction therapy and interactive support during invasive procedures,’ explains Sian Spencer-Little, Health Play Specialist on the ward. ‘We are thrilled with the new equipment; we can’t thank the Rotary Club of Bromley enough.’

The donation has also helped improve certain areas of the ward, with new activity panels being installed in consulting rooms and a flat screen TV in the waiting area, to entertain children and their families whilst they wait to be seen.

Fundraising with Christmas cheer

The funds were raised from the Bromley Rotary Club’s Christmas Concert in December 2015. Sian and many other PRUH staff went along to enjoy the festivities, which included performances from the Bromley Temple Band of The Salvation Army and the Bromley Boy Singers, along with other special guests.

Major Melvyn Ackroyd is a Chaplain at PRUH and was 2015-2016 President of the Club.

‘I spent a considerable time in hospital as a child and wanted the major fundraising of the Club during my year as President to benefit children who need hospital treatment,’ says Major Ackroyd. ‘We are pleased to be able to meet the ward’s need for sensory equipment, particularly the Magic Carpet which will relieve stress in children when having to undergo treatment.’

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Above top image: Major Melvyn Ackroyd from the Rotary Club of Bromley with PRUH children’s ward staff Karen Littler and Sian Spencer-Little showing off the Magic Carpet. Above middle image: The Magic Carpet machine with projection on. Above bottom image: Festive carol singers at the Christmas concert fundraiser.