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Runners up in Starlight's Health Play Awards 2022

10 October 2022

Hywel Dda University Health Board’s play teams at Glangwilli, Bronglais and Withybush hospitals have been recognised as runners up of Play Team of the Year at this year’s Starlight’s Health Play Awards.

This week, the health board is celebrating Play in Hospital Week (10 – 14 October 2022) with the aim to raise awareness of the benefits of play in the treatment of seriously ill children.

The health boards play teams work directly with children in hospitals, empowering them to understand more about their treatment, develop coping techniques, distract them during procedures and support their mental health whilst they’re undergoing treatment.

Karen Thomas, Head of Therapeutic Play says: “We work to make the doctors and nurses jobs easier so they can focus on the medical side of things. Play is so important, it’s the right of every child and it’s so important they have that when they come into hospital. It’s all about normalising what a child would normally do at home, such as playing with toys.”

“It’s so lovely to have this award. We really appreciate the recognition; it shows the hard work we do doesn’t go unnoticed. We’re only a small team, so it will really give us all a boost.”

Starlight is a charity that uses the power of play to make the experience of illness and treatment better for children and their families. For more information of what they do, visit: (opens in new tab)