THE Puffin ward in the children’s unit, Cork University Hospital, (CUH) is busy.

Established 40 years ago, Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI) is a voluntary service that provides play and activities for children in hospitals. The charity has 400 volunteers in 20 hospitals.

“Play is so important for children in hospital, because it gives them something normal and familiar to do when they’re there in an abnormal, foreign situation. Having toys, and interacting with other children, allows them just to be children, and not just patients,” says CHI chief executive officer, Mary O’Connor. (Examiner) >


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