Visit to Stepping Hill Hospital a year after our MPOPA donation

It’s been a year since Action for Sick Children donated their first Magical Power of Play Appeal resource box to Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. We purchased the box, in part, thanks to the bake sale event held by three young fundraisers, Finn Miller, Imogen Lynch and Evie Milner, respectively 7, 6 and 4 years old at the time. The children involved other kids and families at Norbury Hall Primary School in Hazel Grove and helped our charity to raise the funds necessary to buy all the toys and games contained in the MPOPA box.

On the 16th of May, our team visited The Treehouse Children’s Unit at Stepping Hill Hospital again and met the children who benefit from the donation.


Caroline Oates playing with Ben



Ben is the name of the 7-year-old child that Action for Sick Children met during the visit. According to his parents, he enjoys playing with Lego and when he is not in bed he likes to go to the common play area. Here he can have a break by reading a book or playing board games.






Lesley France, Ben’s Mum said

“The toys are great! There are different things to do and this allows Ben to be a typical 7-year-old boy. Playing enables Ben to feel normal, less like he’s in a hospital. It lets him be a kid again!”

Caroline Oates, the Play Specialist

Caroline Oates is the Play Specialist who was presented with the resource box last year by Val Jackson, Chief Executive of Action for Sick Children. Last week, our team was able to meet her again and see her using our toys and games with the children.

“The play resources we received from the MPOPA project have been a fantastic help in keeping our patients distracted and happy throughout their stay. Children of all ages use the board games on a daily basis. Dobble is the favourite game with both the children and their families”

“The portable DVDs enable children who are non-mobile and not well enough for physical activities to be kept settled and distracted. The doctor sets are an invaluable tool. They provide role play for our younger children who have anxieties with the hospital environment”

Miss Oates concluded saying

“We are truly grateful for the resources we received from Action for Sick Children. We will keep using them!”


In 2018, Action for Sick Children are aiming to provide ten more MPOPA boxes to hospitals across the UK. The total cost of providing the ten boxes is £25,000! If you would like to make a donation to the 2018 appeal, visit the JustGiving Page.