Gaming carts are great hit for children and teenagers in hospital

    Pictured with the two new interactive play carts, Jess Miree of TheRockinR;  Freddie Evans, 5, patient of Alice Ward;  Polly Brown, health game specialist;  Heather Thomas-Bache, fundraising, communications and volunteer manager for the League of Friends;  and Joel Phillips, 16, a patient of Alice Ward.
Pictured with the two new interactive play carts, Jess Miree of TheRockinR; Freddie Evans, 5, patient of Alice Ward; Polly Brown, health game specialist; Heather Thomas-Bache, fundraising, communications and volunteer manager for the League of Friends; and Joel Phillips, 16, a patient of Alice Ward.

The two Xbox Series S carts – which look like portable gaming systems on wheels – have been provided by TheRockinR Gaming Charity and with games and controllers included, are worth over £8,000. One was funded by the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the other by the hospital’s own League of Friends and RJAH Charity.

They were delivered to Alice Ward, the Oswestry-based hospital’s children’s ward, by Jess and Jonny Miree of TheRockinR.

Polly Brown, Health Play Specialist at Alice Ward, said: “Alice Ward’s patients will benefit greatly from these state-of-the-art interactive play carts.

“The carts feature the latest in play technology, which will be a welcome distraction for young patients. We are very grateful here on Alice Ward and would like to thank TheRockinR, Starlight and the League of Friends for their donations.

Victoria Sugden, Charity Director of the League of Friends, added: “We are delighted to support this project through both the RJAH Charity Alice Ward Fund and the League of Friends. We hope the play carts are a lot of fun! »

TheRockinR Charity was established in memory of Reece Miree, from Yorkshire, who died in March 2018, aged 11, from brain cancer. Reece’s legacy continues through his love of gaming and the use of his gaming tag, which was ‘TheRockinR’, with the charity started by his older sister Jess and father Jonny.

The carts are provided to the hospital to be used as coping tools for children undergoing treatment and to promote social interaction in hospital wards.

The delivery of the interactive play carts to Orthopedics was particularly poignant as it fell on what would have been Reece’s 16th birthday.

Providing Alice Ward’s children with the medical play carts was a welcome distraction for his family, one they know would have meant the world to him during his time in the hospital.

Jess explained that the brand’s color scheme was chosen because they were Reece’s favorite colors.

She said: “The play carts help reduce the impact of hospitalization on young patients and their families. We’ve distributed nearly 300 carts nationwide, providing a welcome distraction from treatments and procedures.

“We were delighted to come to the orthopedic hospital with two play carts. We hope the children enjoy using them and that it will make their hospital stay a little less anxious.

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