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Children’s Cancer Support Centre

Client: The Joshua Tree Childhood Cancer Support Centre


Cost: £43,000


Date: May 2020


Genre: Inclusive

Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree, a Cheshire based Children’s Cancer Charity dedicated to working closely with families affected by childhood cancers, first contacted Sutcliffe Play in 2017 with the desire to build a playground alongside a brand-new state-of-the-art support centre.

The design for the Support Centre play area was required to provide friendly play for children recovering from cancer and their siblings when attending the centre, allowing both therapeutic developmental play and general play. It was important that there was a range of equipment for different ages and abilities to ensure inclusivity, as well as space to allow the children to join in with outside group games and activities.

The project was completed three years later, after the fundraising and building of the support centre had been completed. Sutcliffe Play worked alongside a project team at The Joshua Tree, revising the plans over the three year period to ensure the clients exact needs & requirements were met.

With therapeutic play being one of the many support services offered at The Joshua Tree, the play area has created a vital resource in aiding the physical and mental wellbeing of children and their families during an incredibly traumatic time.

The final play area is an immersive environment with stimulating sensory activities at every turn, engaging children in the environment around them.

Encouraging social play, a large trampoline sits among the bound rubber mulch floor which can accommodate two children bouncing in unison – perfect for physical play and developing coordination.

A sensory flower and music pipes offer sound and optical dimensions to the play area, with the brightly coloured flower incorporating a spiral design which creates an optical illusion as it rotates. Adding a breadth of challenge to the play area, a jungle bridge and inclined balance walk from the Sutcliffe Play Trim Trail range were incorporated into the design, offering testing balancing and traversing activities while appealing to children’s sense of adventure and imaginative play.

Benches, white boards, toadstool stepping logs and a play stage complete the outdoor area, creating a bright and fun atmosphere which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

“We wanted to create an exciting, safe and accessible play area for children of all ages and abilities – a requirement which has undoubtedly been met. Sutcliffe Play understood our requirements perfectly and in doing so, created a fun and immersive environment away from the outside world which will benefit children and their families for many years to come.”

Rachael Birdsey– Family Support Manager – The Joshua Tree

 

Playground Equipment:

Orchard Jungle Bridge
Our trim trail elements are designed to create circuits and courses of all sizes with varied activities. You can have your trim trail created using wood or metal elements. A mixture of balancing, climbing, traversing and sport activities can result in an exciting play trail with a breadth of challenge.

https://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/equipment/jungle-bridge/

Orchard Music Pipes

Our different fence combinations, all encouraging imaginative, physical and intellectual play, such as the mirror panel, music pipes and megaphones. Perfect for nurseries or for fill-ins along paths.
https://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/equipment/music-pipes/

Sensory Flower

Offering a sound and optical dimension, this item would happily stand alone, in ‘bunches’, or even compliment many of our other product ranges.
The flower body has internal ball bearing races to create a sound as it spins. The centre of the flower is a white on black spiral which creates a spinning visual effect when turned by the user.

https://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/equipment/sound-flower-3/

Large Trampoline

Fantastic fun, these trampolines are perfect for physical play and developing coordination. The single trampoline is suitable for one child only but can be installed alongside several others in a line, or a square. This trampoline comes with its own rubber edging. The larger trampoline is suitable for two children playing together.

https://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/equipment/large-trampoline/

Bench
Sutcliffe Play benches are designed to complement Sutcliffe Play’s current range of playground equipment. Like our climbing frames our furniture range is galvanized to ensure a long life expectancy as well as making it suitable of any outdoor environment.
https://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/?s=bench

Orchard Inclined Balance Walk
Our trim trail elements are designed to create circuits and courses of all sizes with varied activities. You can have your trim trail created using wood or metal elements. A mixture of balancing, climbing, traversing and sport activities can result in an exciting play trail with a breadth of challenge.

https://www.sutcliffeplay.co.uk/equipment/inclined-balance-walk/

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