Children’s hospice given den-building kits

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 August 2018

TouchWood donating den-bulding kits to Children's Hospice South West.

TouchWood donating den-bulding kits to Children's Hospice South West.

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Children from a Wraxall hospice are enjoying several new den-building kits, thanks to a Bristol firm.

Evie playing in one of the new dens donated by TouchWood.Evie playing in one of the new dens donated by TouchWood.

TouchWood Play has been designing and constructing innovative, highly engineered playgrounds and adventure play areas for schools, councils, retail and leisure complexes and national visitor attractions throughout the UK and Europe.

The company has partnered with Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) and donated several hand-crafted den building kits which can be enjoyed by parents and siblings of children at the hospice during their respite stays.

As children are at the heart of TouchWood’s work, the partnership with CHSW was a natural fit for the business.

TouchWood’s managing director Tim Harms said: “I came to an open day for CHSW and was hugely impressed by the incredible range of services the hospice provides for families throughout the South West and we wanted to help.

“At the open day, I learnt that when families are staying at the hospice with a child, the parents and in particular dads, are often a little unsure how to relax and engage with other parents.

“We thought the den building kits would be a great excuse for parents and their children, to get out together and explore the acres of beautiful grounds at Charlton Farm.

“The Kits enable you to quickly create a natural shelter and to have some fun and a chance to relax together.

“This donation is just the start of what will hopefully be a long-term partnership with CHSW and we are already working on some exciting developments at Charlton Farm that will help to enhance the experiences for all of the visiting families in the future.”

The hospice has been caring for children with life-threatening conditions for more than 10 years.

It offers specialist palliative care, respite for the whole family, a sibling service for brothers and sisters, emergency support, end of life care and a bereavement support service.

Jamie Symes, senior sibling support worker at Charlton Farm said: “We have already made use of the fantastic kits, which have really inspired the children’s imagination.

“They’ve created spaces to tell stories, have picnics and share thoughts, which is such an important part of the work we do.”

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