Charity raises £15,000 to make life a little easier for parents with children in hospital in Barnstaple

Care for Kids North Devon staff, supporters and Caroline Thorpe ward staff in the newly refurbished parents' room at NDDH in Barnstaple. Picture: William CoatsCare for Kids North Devon staff, supporters and Caroline Thorpe ward staff in the newly refurbished parents' room at NDDH in Barnstaple. Picture: William Coats

A £15,000 refurbishment will help make the lives of parents with children at North Devon District Hospital a little easier.

The parents’ room at NDDH has been transformed thanks to Care for Kids North Devon.

The room by Caroline Thorpe Ward and the Special Care Baby Unit is a space where parents can go and take a break.

The charity wanted to create a relaxing and welcoming environment so parents could have a pleasant space to use while remaining close.

Martin Dorey with play specialist Fran Greenaway at the New NDDH parents' room. Picture: William CoatsMartin Dorey with play specialist Fran Greenaway at the New NDDH parents' room. Picture: William Coats

It worked with Watts Design to transform the space with a beach theme and it now includes a custom-made sofa, a breakfast bar and stools, a new television and wallpaper of photos from Saunton Sands.

The official opening was carried out by patron Martin Dorey, along with charity supporters Brewer Harding & Rowe, Eaton, Barnstaple Rotary and Ilfracombe Lions.

Donations came from the Morrison Foundation, Barnstaple Rotary Club, Ilfracombe Lions and North Devon councillors.

Fran Greenaway, play specialist on Caroline Thorpe ward, said: “We would like to thank Care for Kids North Devon for their generous refurbishment of the parents’ room. The design was very thoughtful and the transformation is fantastic.

“We hope parents find the room is a welcoming space to take a moment for themselves while being close to their child, whether they want to make a drink, watch a bit of telly, heat something up in the microwave or just sit.”