Sutcliffe Play installs children's hospice playground

Friends and supporters joined The Donna Louise Children's Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent to celebrate the opening of a playground which has been designed and installed by Sutcliffe Play.

The new playground was made possible through £150,000 donated by individuals and companies throughout Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Mike McDonald, chief executive at The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice said: "One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the ability for them to play with their siblings so today was a fantastic opportunity to thank everyone who has enabled us to create such a fantastic playground".

He said indoor and outdoor play forms an important part of the work of the hospice with life threatened children because play has a fundamental impact on children’s growth and development and allows them to explore, discover and make sense of their environment.

Kevin Sellwood from playground designer Sutcliffe Play said: "The playground equipment we’ve installed means that children of all abilities can play side-by-side without boundaries. The basket swing is designed to take several young children and is designed like bird’s nest. We’ve also installed a new inclusive roundabout that means children in wheelchairs can wheel themselves into the roundabout and enjoy the sensation of spinning, all together, at the same time.

"The feedback from children and families has already been amazing and we can’t wait to hear more!"

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