Demi Papakyriakou

Hospital Play Specialist
Our first port of call, is to help the children to cope with different procedures, and make the child’s stay a little smoother and easier. Additional to this we work as a close team of multi- disciplinary professionals (Speech Therapists/ Physiotherapists/ Occupational Therapists/ Schools), by working alongside each other for the individual child’s progress.

Play Specialist’s make the child’s learning a little more fun, while achieving the same results/ goals as the other departments. “Time Is Precious” will make a huge difference to assist children’s rehabilitation.

Hannah Harbridge

Senior Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy within a hospital is carried out with the aim of improving independence of a child and this in turn will improve their ability to move and play and broaden their horizons to types of activity. Therefore giving children freedom of choice in what they want to do, at a time where they may have very little control over what is expected of them.

Distraction and using play for exercise is a large part of what paediatric physio’s do and toys and equipment are obviously part of that, we have no specific funding for this, so any donations we are given always enhance the child’s experience from providing mats so children can get out of bed and play on the floor to new technology and movement activated gaming equipment.

Martin Carter

Deputy Head of School Hospital
Time Is Precious, will allow school hospitals to move forward with ICT, especially benefitting those with special educational needs. It will enable young people to use music education and animation. It will mean extra benefits, above and beyond what is funded.

Julie Fisher

Senior Play Specialist
Time Is Precious will allow the play specialists to have the freedom to purchase specific equipment to use during play therapy sessions, which we would be unable to fund.

Steve Lowis

Paediatric Oncology Consultant (Lead Clinician)
The importance of play therapy and what “Time Is Precious” will bring is: a bit of normality in their life whilst in hospital. It means the difference between having a rough time going through treatment or having an operation, and being able to forget for a moment that they’re there, and just being able to do ‘normal’ things, letting kids just be kids.

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