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Children’s Isolation room transformed into pond paradise
09 March 2017

Beautiful, colourful images of pond life including frogs, ladybirds and butterflies now adorn the walls of the ‘Frog Isolation Room’ on the Rupert Bear paediatric ward at Croydon University Hospital, thanks to an £8,000 refurbishment project by Momentum children’s charity.

Momentum, which supports children with cancer and life-limiting conditions in SW London and Surrey, was able to carry out these refurbishments thanks to supporters Croydon Relief In Need, Zurich Community Foundation and Axis Foundation, who between them donated £8,000 needed for the makeover.

The new decor, featuring the charity’s mascot Mo the Owl has transformed the Isolation Room from a previously plain and clinical-looking space into a more child-friendly and welcoming place.

Paediatric oncology patients can sometimes stay in the Isolation Cubicle for days on end, not only at diagnosis but at any point during their cancer journey. Having a bright and cheerful room eases their stay in hospital and ultimately reduces their anxiety and assists their recovery.

Alice Howard, Children’s Oncology Nurse Specialist at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said: “We are very grateful for this wonderful makeover which means the room now looks so bright and welcoming.

“Some children who at high risk of infection can spend days in isolation and having lovely, colourful scenes of nature on the walls will certainly help to lift their spirits.”

Momentum’s Co-Founder Bianca Effemey said: “Enhancing the healing environment in hospitals is a large part of Momentum’s work. Studies have shown that a good hospital environment can greatly improve a child’s recovery time and of course the staff also benefit from a brighter, more welcoming place in which to work.”

Momentum, based in Kingston-upon-Thames, receives no government funding so relies entirely on the support of the public and funds raised through its charity work. To find out more about the charity visit

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