Harry Hill has visited University College Hospital for the launch of National Play In Hospital Week 2012.
The week, which is from 8th to 14th October, looks to promote play as a form of treatment for children and is organised by Starlight Children’s Foundation and National Association of Health Play Specialists. Harry got involved by judging an art competition at UCH, picking winners for the seven regions and an overall winner.
The winners received toys and games from Letterbox and the drawings will be used on to advertise the week.
On his judging, Harry Hill commented:
It was a great honour to be asked to judge the National Play in Hospital Week Art Competition with Starlight and NAHPS and to meet some of the young patients at UCH. There were some great entries from across the UK and it was fascinating to see how each child had depicted the way in which play helps them when they are in hospital. Although they were all very different, each entry clearly showed that, whether it’s cuddling a teddy, blowing bubbles, or simply having a giggle, play really helps poorly children to cope with their pain and anxiety when in hospital.
Irene O’Donnell, play services manager at UCLH and Vice Chair of NAHPS, also said:
We were delighted that Harry agreed to judge the competition for us as the children really enjoyed taking part and sharing their views of play in hospital. We know that good quality play and recreation opportunities can enhance mental health and the importance of children and young people’s emotional and psychological health is also recognized as having an impact on their physical health.