Messy play is a key feature at the hospice as it provides an opportunity to try out different artistic activities and offers another way of helping improve the quality of life for all the family.

The messy room is a vital space for all our children, particularly the younger children and siblings. It is a place of great creativity which can accommodate sand play, water and all the messy activities.

Messy play is a focal room for sibling work; siblings are allowed to make a whole lot of mess and have all the attention on them. It can be an important way for them to express feelings that may be hard to put into words.

The art on the walls of the messy play room will change every time you look! The children choose themes for the room and activities are then centred on the wall theme. In the summer we have themed art weeks and everyone gets involved in some aspect of the project.

Parents also enjoy the chance to come in here and often undertake short projects such as making jewellery or cards while they are staying, as they rarely have time to do so at home. This is another way for families to relax and have a break.

We also have “bedroom craft boxes” so that messy play can be taken out of this room and into the children’s bedrooms if they are unable to leave their room.