Nursery pupils helped to bring a splash of colour to an Aberdeen hospice as they opened a new playroom.
Children from the Little Acorn Nursery visited Roxburghe House in Aberdeen to officially open its newly-refurbished playroom after helping to raise £2,121 for its transformation.
The room, now complete with toys, games and an interactive television screen, is now available for patients of all ages and relatives of older patients.
After completing a sponsored walk along the Beach Esplanade, the pupils donated to the room’s revamp to join the efforts of the Friends of Roxburghe House Grampian charity.
The revamp also benefited from a donation from the hospice’s SPAR store.
Treasurer of the group Peter Clark said: “We identified the play area as being in need of refurbishment two years ago so it has been a long time in the making.
“The donations from SPAR and the Little Acorns nursery have helped to transform the room.
“Though Roxburghe House is primarily for adults, there are children who stay here and many who visit so this can provide some respite for them.”
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Roxburghe House’s SPAR also contributed to the appeal by donating £5,000 accrued by the 5p bag charge.
When it came to redesigning the formerly plain room, NHS activities co-ordinator Liz McDonald conducted research.
She said: “I’ve been involved in the project from the start and at times it felt like it would never be finished so it is great to see it being used.
“I visited playrooms in the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and CLAN to see what we could try, and we asked ex-service users and their relatives for their opinions.
“We made it colourful to attract the little children but we added the ‘pod’ chair for the older children. It has chargers nearby and blocks out the sound around you, so it will be good for when they are having a hard time and just want to get away from it all.
Henry McBain, 4, cut the ceremonial ribbon – with child-friendly scissors – and said: “I like the Lego the best.”