Time For Play Appeal

Give a child the gift of play today

Will you give a child the gift of play this winter?

Every child has the right to play – but when faced with life-threatening illness, freedom and fun can quickly turn to fear and anxiety.

Sadly, many seriously ill children will spend the winter months in hospital this year. But at times of great distress and uncertainty, the power of play can make the world of difference for children and their families.

More than merely a distraction, play is an essential building block in a child’s hospital care and helps to boost their recovery - making sure they're ready to return home as soon as possible.

This winter, we need your help to create a truly exceptional play space for seriously ill children in hospital.

With your support, we will transform the existing playroom at St Mary’s Hospital, creating a vibrant and engaging space for play and other vitally important forms of therapy. 

Children of all ages – from tiny tots to teenagers – will have the freedom to explore a wide range of age-appropriate games and sensory resources in a truly multi-functional space specially designed to encourage curiosity, movement and interaction.


With a major refurbishment already in the pipeline, your donation will help to prepare the new and improved playroom by enabling us to purchase much-needed play and therapy equipment that will bring the space to life.

Once complete, the new play space will be used by specialist staff to deliver tailored arts, music and physical therapy activities – crucial support that can significantly enhance a child’s recovery.

These extra resources - from simple toys and video games to sophisticated sensory experiences - will help us create an absorbing environment for play where children can explore and interact.

The expanded space will also include facilities for children to have a private place to work through their feelings and receive critical emotional and mental health support.

Your support will make a real difference ...

Please donate whatever you can to support our Time For Play Appeal this winter.

  • A gift of £10 could pay for simple multiplayer games, such as Connect 4
  • A gift of £20 could pay for sensory balls to support the development of a child's motor skills
  • A gift of £50 could pay for musical instruments, such as percussion tube sets
  • A gift of £80 could fund a Disney+ membership for one year, providing a distraction for young patients and an opportunity to socialise with other children
  • A gift of £100 could pay for an LED 'mood cube' to soothe and relax young children
  • A gift of £300 could pay for a tabletop 'hurricane columns' device providing therapeutic form of close-up visual and sensory stimulation.

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How you can help

1. Get in touch
To speak in confidence with Imperial Health Charity's Director of Development, Hayley Pannick, call 020 3857 9852 or email hayley.pannick@imperialcharity.org.uk

2. Donate online
To make a donation online, click here.

3. Send a cheque
Please make your cheque payable to Imperial Health Charity and send it to:

Time For Play Appeal
Imperial Health Charity
178–180 Edgware Road
London W2 2DS

4. Raise money
You can support our appeal by taking part in a fundraising event or organising one of your own. Our experienced fundraising team can offer lots of advice and support to help you along the way. To find out more and browse our current fundraising events, click here.