We believe in the magic of play when treating children in hospital. East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust employs a fantastic team of play specialists and the Charity fundraises to enable them to provide their patients with toys, games and the appropriate environment to play in.

Our aim is to reduce anxiety whilst children are waiting to be treated or discharged. Play simply distracts them from their injury or illness; by taking their mind off of being in an unsettling situation. This can result in a reduced need for extra medical input as a relaxed child is much easier to treat, this also inevitably, leads to a more relaxed parent.

We work closely with our clinical colleagues to deliver our ambition of providing opportunities for play to every child visiting our hospitals.

In 2020 we launched our Magic of Play Urgent Toy Appeal and were overwhelmed with the hundreds of kind donations we received from supporters through our Amazon Wish List. As we have now entered our third national lockdown we are currently unable to accept any toy donations for our wards. The best way of supporting poorly children at our hospitals is by making a donation so that we can fund above and beyond items to put smiles on the faces of children in our care.

If you would like to support The Magic Of Play Appeal you can do so by:
  • Clicking on the pink donate button at the top of this page.
  • Texting MAGICOFPLAY 5 to 70085 to donate £5, MAGICOFPLAY 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or MAGICOFPLAY 20 to 70085 to donate £20.Texts cost £5, £10 or £20 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text MAGICOFPLAYNOINFO 5 to 70085.
  • Calling 01438 28 5182 to make a card payment over the phone.
  • Posting a cheque to East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity, Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, SG1 4AB
Your donations will make a difference:
  • A donation of £10 could fund some colouring books for patients.
  • A donation of £30 could fund some craft kits for children on our wards.
  • A donation of £50 could fund a number of board games and activities for use in our play room.
  • A donation of £100 could fund a colourful children's tub chair for our play room.
  • A donation of £350 could fund a colourful adult sofa for parent use when in the play room.
  • A donation of £500 could fund a large storage unit for the toys, books & arts and craft materials.
  • A donation of £1000 could contribute significantly towards a new mobile sensory flooring unit.