Realise helps with playground transformation

Groundworks have been completed at The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Trentham, preparing the way for a unique outdoor play area.

The playground development project will replace the old equipment which has been showing wear and tear, having been installed when the hospice building opened in 2003.

The new playground will create an all-inclusive play environment where disabled and able-bodied children can play together.

The Realise charity has supported the project with a £10,000 grant to pay for the groundworks.

Liz Gratton, fundraising manager at Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, said: “This playground will be the final piece of the jigsaw to enable the therapeutic benefits of play to be fully explored by our young people.

“Specialist equipment for inclusive play was not available when the garden was originally conceived.

“But the new inclusive interactive activity space will be for all of our families to enjoy. “A place for the children and young people to be active, creative, challenged and to enjoy playing together as a family.”

The playground and surrounding garden will be maintained through a Helping Hands programme and by regular gardening volunteers at the hospice.

The playground development project will cost in the region of £143K once completed. The groundworks were finished in October and Sutcliffe Play, the company installing the new playground, has commenced the next phase of the build.