Children’s Hospice Week is the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children’s hospice and palliative care services across the UK, and the seriously ill children and young people they support.
In 2014 we had the pleasure to work with Tŷ Hafan, one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities and offers the only children’s hospice service in south Wales. The team at Tŷ Hafan had a completely clear vision; a space where families could enjoy their time together like a regular family without worrying about the future. The area had to cater to the most complex needs and fragile children and allow them to play as freely as possible.
Working closely with the hospice, and also our partners at Inclusive Play, gave the Landscape Architect at Jupiter Play a much better understanding of this unique environment and the children within it to create a sensitive design solution. The outcome was more than we all could have hoped for, with some children experiencing sensations they never have done before like swinging and trampolining. It is a project that Jupiter Play is truly proud to have delivered and is what we as a design consultancy always aim to deliver; spaces that have meaning and can make a difference to children, families and communities – creating a sense of wonder.
Tŷ Hafan’s Chief Executive Ray Hurcombe said: “Every child has the right to play and this new facility allows children of all abilities to enjoy the excitement of a playground. We are passionate about providing our families with unique and enriching experiences and this is a fantastic example of Tŷ Hafan leading the way in children’s palliative care. We could not complete projects like these without the generosity of our supporters, and I’d like to thank our corporate sponsors and of course, the public, for their kind support.”
Right now, families with seriously ill children are pushed to their limits. Caring for a child with serious health needs can be exhausting – and often the challenges families face are little understood. At the same time, children’s hospices are being pushed to their limits too – with more and more children in need of their care.
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