A bunk-doodling Charity field trip

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Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
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10:00am, 8th July
charity staff and trustee at Helen House

Charity staff and trustees were sent on a field trip to see how the money you raise helps seriously ill children brave the unknown.

Field trips are not just for school children are they? Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity doesn’t think so as they recently asked some of their staff and trustees to pack a lunch box and hit the road to see some of their programmes in action.

Jude, Rachel and Graham were eager to learn more about one of the Marvellous Nurse Inventing Room projects; a living wall at Helen House Hospice, whilst Katie, Clare, Ginny and Georgina were interested in seeing some of our Roald Dahl Nurses in action at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

We asked the staff and trustees to share a little snippet of their trips; starting with Jude, Rachel and Graham’s (pictured above with Living Wall creator Sabine Schwaebisch) visit to Oxford.

The Living Wall art project was created by Helen House Hospice thanks to support from the Charity’s Marvellous Nurse Inventing Room; a nurse-led research project aiming to improve the quality of care for seriously ill children. “It was launched in March this year and fills about two thirds of a wall between a play area and the bedrooms” Jude, Information Management Officer at the Charity, explains, “it currently consists of up to fifty tiles of two different shapes on which children, siblings, parents and friends can paint, draw, stick photos or images.”

Rachel, Events Fundraiser, highlighted the creativeness of the artwork, “It was incredibly interesting to see such a broad range of artworks and see how every child had created something so unique and personal to them.” She went on to say, “It’s a simple idea but a powerful one when seen in situ. Unlike other artworks which are ‘finished’ and displayed for others to admire, this piece is constantly evolving, and even if the child has passed away they are still living on in the hospice.”

Katie, Clare, Ginny and Georgina shed light on their visit to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to meet three of the Charity’s Roald Dahl Nurses.

Katie, Fundraising and Communications Assistant, explains: “We started by meeting Jodi, our Paediatric Non-Malignant Haematology Nurse Specialist. She showed us around her ward and gave us an insight into her work. We were then introduced to Jo, our Paediatric Neuromuscular Nurse Specialist and Zoya our Epilepsy Nurse Specialist to hear more about their roles. It was really great to see the nurses in their place of work and to hear first-hand the challenges and triumphs they face on a daily basis.”

This was re-iterated by Clare, Corporate and Trusts Fundraiser, who said “I found talking to the three specialist nurses both inspiring and insightful. They were all so enthusiastic about their work, happy to answer any questions and lovely to be with.”

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