Disney designed a play area at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for children staying or visiting the hospital. The following information was released directly from The Walt Disney Company about the amazing new addition to the hospital.
“The Disney Reef, a colorful, underwater-themed outdoor play area, has officially opened at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, England, where today it was revealed for the first time to patients and their families. The Disney Reef, positioned in the heart of the hospital, was designed by Walt Disney Imagineers, in collaboration with the hospital’s dedicated Play Team and patients. It brings together special lights and sensory elements, as well as Disney favorites Mickey Mouse and Goofy, Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Hank from Finding Dory—all sculpted specifically for the Disney Reef. Every day, 618 seriously ill children from across the UK arrive at GOSH, and for those patients who spend weeks or even months on end at the hospital, the Disney Reef will be a vital outdoor space where they can spend time with siblings and family members, making treasured memories.”
“Matthew Grossman, Vice President of Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said, “The Disney Reef will provide a comforting and inspirational space for the children GOSH cares for. In difficult times, such as serious illness, enabling children and families to spend quality time together helps build emotional resilience, giving them the strength and ability to cope. The Disney Reef will create moments that matter, and we’re excited to see the benefit and enjoyment it will bring.”
“Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Assistant Chief Nurse, Herdip Sidhu-Bevan, said of the space, “Thank you so much to Disney for bringing the amazing Disney Reef to Great Ormond Street Hospital. This is a very special space where children can take some much-needed time outside, away from the busy ward environment, and where they can relax and enjoy themselves together with their families. The Reef’s design will accommodate patients with a wide range of conditions, and of all ages, so it’s truly inclusive and will be a fantastic addition to the hospital.”
Disney continues to bring out magical changes throughout the world and this is just a small example of the generosity they have provided in one small corner of the earth! This is why we are all such big fans of the Walt Disney Company.
Source: The Walt Disney Company
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