As a shop manager, it’s great to get out and see how the hospice works. It reminds us why we do what we do. I did a shadowing day a few years ago with a nurse; it was an amazing experience that made me proud to work for Tŷ Hafan.
When I was offered the opportunity to shadow a play day, I jumped at the chance. In the morning we set up for a play session. They have the most amazing range of toys for children of all abilities. Toys are available to borrow through the toy library which is a great opportunity to find out what children like before taking them home or investing a lot of money in a specialist toy.
In the afternoon we set up a craft session. The play workers have some inventive ideas for very simple yet effective crafts that all children can contribute too.
It was great to see the long-awaited playground. My lasting memory is of watching Alexandra on the roundabout. I realised the simple things we all played on as children - swings, roundabouts and trampolines - are a movement that most children in wheelchairs have never experienced. What an amazing feeling it must be. This was certainly evident from the smile on Alexandra’s face as she whizzed round and round on the roundabout. How wonderful for all children and their brothers and sisters to play together at last.