The Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town has adopted the children’s
Play area located at the Pediatric Unit in Peebles Hospital.
Last Wednesday, the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town revealed stage one of two stages for the play area. Stage one comes with a reading corner including books, children furniture and a one of a kind hand-crafted wall tree artwork created by local carver and artist Dean Smith also known as ‘Ghost’.
Stage two will include toys, games, bean bags, rocking chairs, a portable book cart to deliver books and materials to patients’ bed sides, and additional items to complete the play area.
At the unveiling ceremony the Director of Hospital Services Mrs. Cedorene Malone-Smith said “Reading is a fundamental necessity for children and this reading corner and the outfitting of the play area will bring much joy to our young patients.”
BVIHSA Pediatrician Dr. Natasha Frett, in giving remarks at the ceremony, agreed when she stated “Children heal best in a loving nurturing environment and through play. This generous donation to the Pediatric Unit is exactly what the room was designed for. To bring fun, laughter and a loving place for children to play when they are not well, and we say thank you.”
According to the Club’s President Ms. Jeanette Scatliffe Boynes, “Our Club held a book drive and raised funds. We wanted to inspire the children through reading and playing, in the unfortunate event they become patients. Over 300 books were donated and we decided to adopt the play area to help make the youngest patients’ lives at Peebles Hospital just a little brighter with a reading corner and safe place to play.”
The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority would like to thank the Rotary Club Sunrise of Road Town for this kind and loving donation to the Pediatric Unit.