A star of the children’s TV channel CBeebies described Nottingham Children’s Hospital as ‘amazing’ during a visit this week.
Angharad Rhodes appears on the channel as the character Melody – a young girl who listens to classical music and then uses her powerful imagination to let the music take her takes on exciting adventures.
13-year-old Angharad, who is partially sighted, spent a day at the children’s hospital as part of recording for a new series on CBeebies Radio that will aims to give young listeners an insight into what it’s like to spend time in hospital.
During the day, Angharad and a team of producers from CBeebies Radio were able to spend time with lots of children and find out about their experiences – and also the wide range of therapeutic and stimulating activities that are organised every day by the hospital’s Play specialists.
Activities that Angharad got to see during the day included a visit from a Pets as Therapy pat dog, a drumming workshop at the Nottingham Hospital School, and also a session with the ‘Giggle Doctors’ – the latter who are provided by the Theodora Children’s charity.
Angharad said: “Nottingham Children’s Hospital is amazing. It’s was lovely to meet all the members of staff and also the Giggle Doctors – they make everyone really happy.
One of my favourite parts of the day was meeting Hope the Pat Dog.
Leading the organisation for the visit of Angharad and CBeebies Radio for Nottingham Children’s Hospital was Claire Hardy, who works at the hospital as a Senior Play Specialist. She said: “Angharad was fantastic. The fact that she’s a young person who’s had a lot of experience of hospital meant she was brilliant at relating to the children and putting them at ease. Lots of the younger children recognised her from seeing her on the TV, and her visit put a smile on a lot faces.
“It was also great for us to have the opportunity to show all the things that happen in the children’s hospital that aren’t medical-related. Hospitals can be fun places to children – and from the Giggle Doctors to the hospital school, there are a lot of different departments that all aid recovery.”