Hospice's new Chill-Out Room to help children through difficult times - The Rugby Observer

Hospice's new Chill-Out Room to help children through difficult times

A SAFE and calm space to help children through difficult times is the latest addition to a Rugby hospice.

The Myton Hospices has opened its new Children’s Chill Out Room at the Rugby Myton Support Hub.

The Chill Out Room is dedicated to the counselling and wellbeing of children and young people whose loved ones receive support from the hospices.

The room is filled with colour, toys, books and quotes to help children through difficult times and challenging conversations.

Rugby School students Georgie, Hebe and Eve – led by teacher Joseph Ryan – designed and painted a rainbow mural on the wall to create a warm and welcoming environment.

The initiative was made possible by a grant of £5,000 from the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund – inspired by Rugby’s previous Mayor, Coun Maggie O’Rourke, whose vision of dedicating a safe space for children at the Hub was vital in getting the project off the ground.

Former Rugby Mayor Coun Maggie O’Rourke (right) presents a cheque for nearly £11,000 – raised during her year in office – to Myton’s Patient and Carer Wellbeing Lead Tracey Evans and Partnerships Fundraiser Laura Eaton. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2424006MMR1 www.buyphotos247.com

Coun O’Rourke joined Myton’s Patient and Carer Wellbeing Lead Tracey Evans and Partnerships Manager Chris Willmott, and Ian Southcott and Graeme Fuller from the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund, to officially open the new room.

Tracey said: “Children need a safe space to be themselves in an inviting environment so they are able to share their worries and concerns.

“Having this new space at our Rugby Myton Support Hub will be so important for children going through difficult times following the death of a loved one.”

Debbie Frost, Myton’s Counselling, Bereavement and Family Support Services Lead, added: “Having a dedicated room where children can feel safe and supported is invaluable. It allows us to provide the focused care they need during challenging times.

“The room is a testament to the power of community support and the profound impact it can have on young lives.”

Myton also paid thanks to Coun O’Rourke for her ‘extraordinary’ support during her mayoral year in office, when she chose Myton as her Charity of the Year – and, alongside other councillors in Rugby, raised almost £11,000 for the cause.

Chris Willmott said: “We cannot be more grateful for her relentless commitment and generosity, which has been instrumental in enhancing our services for the people of Rugby.

“This year, we have to raise £11million of the £14.3million it costs to continue providing our services free of charge to people and their families across Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Without the support from people like Coun O’Rourke, this simply wouldn’t be possible.”


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