This initiative is the brainchild of Alliance for Kids, a US based charity set up in order to support the equivalent of Child Play Specialists in the States (who David met whilst at the iSPI Paediatric Innovation Conference in Miami, in January 2017). Anything that we can do which distracts and entertains children whilst in hospital care contributes to reducing their stress levels and therefore their perception of pain or discomfort.
We have donated Super Hero Kits into The Oxford Children’s Hospital, Leicester Children's Hospital and the Royal Manchetser Children's Hospital. The purpose of these kits is to reward and comfort younger children who are undergoing treatments, such as intravenous medications.
They receive a cuddly toy monkey (wearing a Thinking of Oscar T-shirt) as a gift, as well as a birth certificate for their new soft friend. Their kit also contains a shield which covers the medication which hereon in is referred to as their super serum, a Super Hero cape, comic and a collection of bravery bands which they accumulate as they undertake various procedures.
In the Autumn of 2018, The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital held a Superhero themed event at the hospital and the kits were a huge hit with the children. We're grateful to the hospital, children and their families for allowing us to share some photo's of the children enjoying the kits.