Hospital Children’s Sensory Garden refurbished thanks to charity donation

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Play team in the sensory garden

Young patients at Hinchingbrooke Hospital will now be able to play in a sensory garden, which has been completely refurbished following a £28,000 donation from the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity.

The garden was originally created by local charity Dreamdrops 13 years ago, but needed some essential maintenance to update it and make it safe and accessible. New soft flooring, plants, raised beds and play equipment, including musical instruments, noughts and crosses and stepping stone toadstools have all been added.

Volunteers working at the hospital are planting additional shrubs and flowers to create a stimulating and engaging space for children on Holly Ward and in the Children’s Outpatients department to play.

Zoe Wilkinson, Play Team Leader for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so pleased with our new sensory garden and incredibly grateful to the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity for their generous donation. This has given us the opportunity to re-open this lovely environment for the children to utilise and our Play Team can set up additional outdoor activities in the garden, so that the children can play in a safe space.”

Philip Fearn, Charity Project Manager for the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity said “The updated children’s garden will be an important space for our young patients and their families, and the Hospitals’ Charity is delighted to support this project. We are incredibly grateful to the charity Dreamdrops for creating the original garden, and we are now excited to be working with them on a new project to update the Children’s Emergency Department at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.”


Notes to editors:

By raising new money and careful management of our existing funds, North West Anglia Hospitals Charity is able to make grants to NWAngliaFT in order to:

Support the work of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust to ensure we are providing outstanding care to our local population. Providing the ‘added extras’, including facilities and equipment, to enhance the patient experience, support research programmes and the development of services and education.

Grants are made in accordance with charity law, our policies and procedures and directions of donors.  In making grants, we endeavor to reflect the wishes of patients and staff by directing funds towards areas they tell us are most in need. 

  • Our Charity Priorities:
  • Assisting OUR STAFF
  • Donating for EQUIPMENT


More details are available here: North West Anglia Hospitals' Charity - North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (

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