On Monday 15th January, our Pupil Council took a visit to Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in St Austell. Before the Christmas holidays, pupils at St. Ives Junior School raised a staggering £559 for Little Harbour by carol singing on the streets of St Ives . We presented this money to the staff at the hospice on Monday, following a guided tour where we were able to see into the lives of the families and the poorly children who stay there.
Little Harbour is a children’s hospice for poorly children with life limiting illnesses. Everyone at Little Harbour Children’s Hospice gives their full attention to ensure that children who may well not reach adulthood have a safe, happy and relaxing place that they love to visit, and that their parents and siblings also get all the help and support they need. Little Harbour do not want their hospice to seem like a hospital; they want it to be like a second home.
Some of the rooms that help the children in therapeutic ways include a sensory room, a pool for hydrotherapy, personalised bedrooms for the children and more besides. In more detail, the sensory room is used to help stimulate children’s senses with colour changing lights, cushions, beanbags, aromatherapy, sounds and a water bed. These things are helpful for many of the poorly children as they are calming and therapeutic. Another amazing area was the outdoor mermaid garden, which was filled with things to stimulate the senses for children with sensory deprivation.
To conclude, the visit to Little Harbour was very informative and we were very grateful to be shown around the facilities. Little Harbour is an amazing hospice which does fantastic work to help young children who are less fortunate than us, and we were glad to be able to present the cheque on behalf of the school to such a worthwhile cause.