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Grant helps playtime and Easter activities for cardiac patients

The E1 Ocean Ward supporting child cardiac patients in a specialist ward at Southampton General Hospital has been awarded a grant of £2,500 to Southampton Hospital Charity from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to continue providing patients with play opportunities and art & craft materials for Easter activities.

Lindsey Co, a play specialist in the Children’s Cardiac Ward, received a cheque from Marilyn Saunders, a chairperson of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, and Caroline Banks, from MAXIMUS who nominated the charity for the award. The grant is to be used for the purchase of new toys and arts & crafts materials for Easter activities. These items help provide specialist educational and developmental support for school-age children and babies.

MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups.  In particular those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

The Children’s Cardiac Ward at Southampton General Hospital provides specialist support to children and young people ranging from one day to 18 year olds.


Marilyn Saunders, Chairperson of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said:

“Most of the patients on  the Children’s Cardiac ward  require long-term care. Access to toys and games not only helps keep the children and their families entertained, but can be enormously helpful to their development and recovery. Inevitably there’s always great demand for these resources, so we’re delighted to be able to support the ward in meeting the needs of its patients and  support  the great work that it does.”


Lindsey Co, play specialist, said:

“We provide play activities for our paediatric patients, either in the playroom or at the child’s bedside. We help prepare children for procedures using play therapy, enabling children to act out their anxieties and develop ways of coping. Coming into hospital is a scary thing, and our job is to make it that little bit easier.”

“We’re delighted that this grant will help us to buy new toys and games for the children, and also provide craft materials to use as distraction tools. This donation will make a real difference at what is inevitably a difficult time for the children and their families.”


MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015, using the model of the Foundation established by MAXIMUS in the United States. The remit of the Foundation is to provide grants to community groups and charities that contribute to personal growth and self sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

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