Northern Ireland Hospice gets an early Christmas present from childrens charity
Wooden Spoon delivered an early Christmas gift to Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice recently – a new Sensory Play facility that will provide vital therapeutic sensory experiences for children with life limiting conditions, and their siblings. The facility was officially opened by British Lions legend and Wooden Spoon Ulster Honorary President, Willie John McBride.
Each year the Northern Ireland Hospice provides end of life care, specialist palliative care and respite breaks to over 300 babies, children, young people and their families. To deliver these services, the NI Hospice relies heavily on support from trusts, foundations, grants and voluntary donations to fund around 80% of the £3m running costs.
Wooden Spoon’s vision – that every child and young person, no matter what their background has access to the same opportunities – and values are mirrored by the NI Hospice, who advocate that every child and young person should have access to the best quality palliative care, irrespective of their condition, age or culture.
Speaking at the opening of the new facility at the NI Hospice in Belfast, Wooden Spoon Ulster Regional Chairman Peter Wood said: “We are delighted to be here to see the new Sensory Play facility and to witness the children using it for the first time. We greatly admire the work of NI Children’s Hospice and are delighted to support their efforts to bring extra special care to children and young people when they need it most.”
NI Hospice CEO Heather Weir commented: “We cannot convey enough our gratitude for the support we have received from Wooden Spoon. On behalf of our staff, the children and families, I would like to thank [the] team for enabling us to have such a wonderful facility here at our hospice and enabling us to deliver an even greater level of specialist care to children and young people.”