Arts and Craft Bags
Our biggest project to date is our Isolation Arts and Craft Bags.
Fletcher spent an awful lot of time in isolation in hospital, and when we founded his charity, we knew that we wanted to work with Paediatric Oncology Wards. We particularly wanted to support the provision of play teams, who were a vital part of the care Fletcher received.
Leanne met with the play team on Ward 31, Leeds Children Hospital (where Fletcher was looked after) and together they devised the idea of producing Arts and Craft bags to give to children when they were in isolation. Isolated children cannot leave their room and cannot have too many visitors (if any) so they get very bored.
The bags are full of Arts and Craft items, as well as a craft kit and a book for the child and a notebook and a pen for the parents. The bags have a budget of £10 each, they are designed for 4 different age ranges and they are packed with appropriate items, according to each age’s development stage. The idea is to provide Art Therapy to the child to alleviate boredom and to be used a distraction tool whilst the child is undergoing treatment.
The project was launched on Wards 31 (Paediatric Oncology Ward) and Ward 33 (Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit) in Leeds Children Hospital in September 2017 and then launched into Ward 4 (Paediatric Oncology Ward) and Ward 3 (Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit) in the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle in January 2018. We have recently expanded the project into Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as well.
To date, Fletcher’s Fund has donated 620 bags to the three units. The hope is to expand this project into other Paediatric Oncology Units until we are working in all 18 units across England and Wales.