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Weekly issues ‘playground SOS’ for hospital’s young patients

A weekly newspaper has sent out an ‘SOS’ to readers to help build a hospital playground for young patients.

The St Helens Star is aiming to raise £20,000 for the playground at Merseyside’s Whiston Hopsital.

The Star has joined forces with Whiston Hospitals’ Charity for the ‘Playgrouns SOS’ campaign, with celebrity backing from Big Brother winner and DIY expert Craig Phillips, whose son was previously treated at the hospital.

The paper splashed on the appeal’s launch yesterday.
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Andrew Kilmurray, editor of the St Helens Star, told HTFP: “Spending time in hospital, as a patient or visiting a family member, can be a hugely stressful experience.

“Through this campaign we hope to play a part in ensuring younger patients, or those visiting poorly loved ones, still have a place to play and have fun while at the hospital.

“Doctors at Whiston tell us that kids love to play even when they aren’t feeling well and that being active in such play areas offers benefits such as distraction, laughter and entertainment.

“So a playground designed by young patients and the clinical team sounds like a perfect addition to the hospital’s grounds.

“£20,000 is big target, which is why the hospital has partnered with us to encourage Star readers to contribute where they can and help put smiles on the faces of poorly youngsters.

“We look forward to the Playground SOS campaign building momentum in the Star’s pages over the coming weeks and months.”