Aspen UK spread festive cheer to children at The Royal London hospital

24 Dec 2017

Aspen UK, one of our corporate partners, helped send a smile to our young patients over Christmas. Staff donated Christmas presents and volunteered all day to transform the Healing Space on the children’s ward at The Royal London Hospital into a winter wonderland.

The big task was creating a Santa’s Grotto, which would be the centrepiece at the children’s Christmas party the following day.

The Aspen volunteers worked hard, making paper snowflakes, putting up candy canes and wrapping presents, and six hours later the Healing Space had been completely transformed;  Santa’s Grotto, complete with snow, fairy lights and gifts, was ready!

“We’re extremely grateful to the staff from Aspen who donated presents and volunteered their time to create a magical space for the Christmas party at the Children’s Hospital.

"Thanks to Aspen, all our young patients were able to visit Santa’s grotto without leaving the hospital, and received a wrapped present of their very own,” said Tara Shea, Clinical Lead of the Play Department.

The Children’s Hospital at The Royal London will treat more than 60,000 young patients in 2018. The children’s Play Team run music therapy sessions, art workshops, baby massage and yoga and throw children’s parties all year round to brighten children’s hospital stays. Beyond this they also provide vital support to parents and families of sick children, and provide child bereavement support. Their work wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our supporters who donate their money, presents and time to ensure the Play Team can continue providing extraordinary care to these extraordinary children and families. 

Tom Citroen on the Major Gifts Team at Barts Charity added: “We are very fortunate to be partnered with Aspen UK, their support is already helping to transform cardiac care and science education and their work with us over Christmas helped ensure that our young patients were able to enjoy the festive season, and brought Christmas to our hospitals and patients.”

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