Storytelling magic for Roald Dahl nurse and children
Two Roald Dahl storytellers visited Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for a day of marvellous magic today. Addenbrooke’s is part of Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Trust, and is one of the largest and best known hospitals in the UK.
The storytellers’ fantabulous visit was to celebrate Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity’s latest Roald Dahl specialist children’s nurse Jodi Betts. Jodi’s post was created, and is currently funded, by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
Jodi is a Roald Dahl Paediatric Haematology Nurse Specialist, covering the Eastern England region at Addenbrooke’s. She said:
“I am really enjoying working with Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and the opportunity to build a service that can make a real difference to the patients I meet. My role is to work with all the children who are seen in the non-malignant haematology service, who until I started, didn’t have a dedicated nurse specialist.”
The two expert storytellers from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, and also performed some favourite rhymes from Dirty Beasts to Jodi’s patients such as Joshua Severin, age 6, (pictured above with Museum storytellers Claire and Jo) and their families whilst they waited in clinic.
Claire Field, Acting Director of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre said: “Our workshops are a fun way to give children that are missing long periods of their schooling a way to keep their imaginations active through creative artistic activities”
The children’s services unit at Addenbrooke’s is a regional service for many specialties, and the local paediatric centre for the population of Cambridge and surrounding areas. Jodi began working in her new role in June 2013 and works in many different ways with families whose children have a wide range of diagnoses. She also works directly with other services around the Eastern region to make sure that the children she cares for receive the right care and support.
There are currently 49 Roald Dahl specialist children’s nurses, created by Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. Roald Dahl nurses provide essential care and support for over 25,000 seriously ill children and young people every year around the UK.