Monday, 9 July 2012
PUPILS from across Wales have helped choose the names of the ward for the second phase of the Children's Hospital for Wales.
Children from three schools from across Wales were at the hospital to reveal the most popular names for the Wards and other key clinical areas in for the next stage of the development.
As a thank you to schools for their past support to the Noah’s Ark Appeal, the charity worked with county councils to give children across Wales a chance to make history.
Over 32,000 votes were cast on the Noah’s Ark Appeal’s website and the results were announced in a ceremony at the Children’s Hospital for Wales.
Minister for Health and Social Services Lesley Griffiths AM and new Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Chief Executive Adam Cairns, representatives from participating schools revealed the most popular names for wards and other areas on the Ocean, Land, Sky and Space Floors.
Pupils from Llangan Primary, Cowbridge; Penygarn Primary, Pontypool and St Joseph’s Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre, Port Talbot, were on hand to reveal the most popular names for each of the four floors: Ocean, Land, Sky and Space.
Each name chosen will provide the themes for artwork and design in the respective clinical area and is key in ensuring that the hospital environment is fun, colourful and inspiring for the young patients.
Suzanne Mainwaring, Director of the Noah’s Ark Appeal, said: "Schools across Wales have played, and continue to play a vital part in helping us to fundraise for our hospital and support sick children from across Wales. As a thank you to schools we felt it was important to give as many children as possible the opportunity to have an influence on this next phase.
"This influence will have a direct effect on the feel and spirit of the hospital as each name chosen will provide the themes for artwork and design in the respective areas and is key to ensuring that the hospital environment is fun, colourful and inspiring to the young patients.
"We have been delighted to receive a fantastic response with over 32,000 votes cast on the Noah’s Ark Appeal website. It is truly inspiring to see young children working together on a project to help other young children."
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said: "The development of Phase Two of this wonderful hospital is very important to the delivery of first class and accessible health care for children. The Welsh Government has provided £60m for this Phase, which includes dedicated accommodation to allow families to stay with their children while they are in hospital.
"The ward names chosen today help ensure the environment is fun, colourful and inspiring for young patients. I am pleased schools across Wales have been involved in naming the wards, as this is a hospital for all children in Wales who need it."