Young patients are having a magic time when they visit the Children’s Unit at the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath NHS Foundation Trust – thanks to a generous gift from a former patient of 70 years ago.

There’s now a new ‘magic carpet’ machine in the Children’s Therapies Unit, which can project more than 500 moving images onto the floor, not only to entertain youngsters but to help with their treatment too. Children can chase and pop bubbles, kick footballs and play a variety of educational games designed to suit all ages.

Emily Graham, Head of Children’s Therapies, said: “The magic carpet is an amazing addition to our resources. Our therapy team are using it to treat children with orthopaedic problems, and neurological and complex needs, as well as on the ward and in the hospital school. It’s a fantastic toy and a piece of technical equipment that will make a huge impact on the care we provide patients and their recovery.”

The projector is a gift from the will of Peter Dabney, who was treated 70 years ago at the former Bath Orthopaedic Hospital and wanted to repay his gratitude and was arranged by The Forever Friends Appeal, which manages donations of this kind.

Jan Witt, In Memory and Legacy Officer said:

“Gifts in wills are a vital source of income for the RUH. Generous donations such as this make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients cared for by the RUH every year as well as the friends and family who visit them, and the 4,800 dedicated NHS staff who care for them. The funds donated often pay for additional equipment, research and innovations, as well as finishing touches and ‘extras’ that complement the existing high quality care for patients at the hospital.”

If you would like any information, or you wish to talk to someone about leaving a legacy, please contact Jan Witt, Legacy Officer on 01225 825819 or email jan.witt@nhs.net or click here