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Bramble Play Room celebrates 50 years of play in the treatment of children

Young patients and staff at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have been demonstrating how a spoonful of play helps the medicine go down in celebration of National Play in Hospital Week. 
The event, which runs from 14th – 20th October, is organised by National Association of Health Play Specialists (NAHPS) and is supported by Starlight, a national charity which provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK and grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. 
The week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of play in the treatment of poorly children across the UK and celebrates 50 years since the first ever Hospital Play Staff was employed at the Brook Hospital, London.
Many kinds of activities are happening at Bramble including an entertainer, face painting, story telling, cake and biscuit decorating. 
Cara Bennett, Play Specialist, said: “National Play in Hospital Week is an excellent opportunity for us to raise awareness of the benefits of play, while organising a really fun week of activities, games and entertainment for our patients.  In fifty years our profession has gone from strength to strength and it is great to be able to highlight the value and efficacy of play in the treatment of children. 
“Being unwell can be very distressing and scary for children and play really does help to distract them from any pain and anxiety they might be feeling, which in turn can help them to better engage with their treatment.”





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