This Tuesday, November 29, is #GivingTuesday. A day for giving back, #GivingTuesday responds to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, reminding us of the value of charitable giving. It is a call to action for those who want to make a difference across the globe.
Here at Create, #GivingTuesday marks the first day of our annual Christmas Appeal. This year all donations will directly support ArtsAdventures, our programme of interactive creative arts workshops for children in hospital, hospice and respite care across Basingstoke, London, Oxford and Reading. This Christmas time, your donations can help Create to enrich the lives of young patients.
Staying in hospital is a daunting experience for many children. Finding themselves in an unfamiliar environment, removed from home, school and friends, young patients can often feel anxious and lonely. There are an estimated 9,000 children in hospices with life-limiting, life-shortening illnesses and disabling conditions in the UK. At a cost of just £40 per participant, ArtsAdventures enhances the quality of life for these vulnerable children. Access to free creative music, dance and storytelling activities helps them to cope with anxiety and stress, offers a distraction from their medical procedures and allows them to interact, be creative and express themselves, whatever their condition.
The parent of a young patient who took part in ArtsAdventures at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, talked to us about her experience of the programme:
“We’ll be in here for three to four months, a long, long stay. We’ve been lots of times before and we always hope it’s the last surgery but we always end up back here. He’s missing being part of his friendship group at home. He misses out on that more than anything else, I think. “These sessions help enormously because they provide a landmark in the day, something to look forward to, a distraction from any discomfort and boredom. For patients and their siblings, it’s really nice for them to have the opportunity to take part in something like this. It makes it fun rather than tedious. My daughter, who’s visiting her brother in hospital today, also really enjoyed taking part in the session and playing the instruments.”
Please click through to our donation page HERE to help support young patients through ArtsAdventures this Christmas. Your donation will make a real difference. Thank you.