Charity Partnership with Children's Hospice South West

2 July 2018

Bristol based TouchWood Play, the UK’s leading design, build and installation play company, has begun a new charity Partnership with Children’s’ Hospice South West with the donation of several of hand-crafted Den Building Kits, which can be enjoyed by the parents and siblings of children at the Hospice during their respite stays.

For more than 10 years Children's Hospice South West (CHSW)’s Charlton Farm in Wraxall, Bristol, has been caring for children with life-threatening conditions by providing them with specialist palliative care, respite for the whole family, a sibling service for brothers and sisters, emergency support, end of life care and a bereavement service for as long as is needed.  

For over 15 years, TouchWood Play, has been designing and constructing innovative, highly engineered playgrounds and adventure play areas for schools, councils, retail and leisure complexes and national visitor attractions throughout the UK and Europe.   As children are at the heart of TouchWood’s work, establishing a charity partnership with CHSW was a natural fit for the business.

Commenting TouchWood MD Tim Harms (pictured centre) said, “I came to an Open Day for CHSW and was hugely impressed by the incredible range of services the Hospice provides for families throughout the South West and we wanted to help.”

He continued, “At the Open Day, I learnt that when families are staying at the Hospice with a child, the parents and in particular Dads, are often a little unsure how to relax and engage with other parents.  We thought that the Den Building Kits would be a great excuse for parents and their children, to get out together and explore the acres of beautiful grounds at Charlton Farm. The Kits enable you to quickly create a natural shelter and to have some fun and a chance to relax together.  This donation is just the start of what will hopefully be a long-term partnership with CHSW and we are already working on some exciting developments at Charlton Farm that will help to enhance the experiences for all of the visiting families in the future.”

Jamie Symes, Senior Sibling Support Worker at Charlton Farm said, “We have already made use of the fantastic Kits, (see below) which have really inspired the children’s imagination. They’ve created spaces to tell stories, have picnics and share thoughts, which is such an important part of the work we do.”