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New play equipment for Ipswich Hospital children’s ward thanks to The Krissy and Friends Foundation

PUBLISHED: 09:04 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:04 05 May 2017

(L-R) Camilla Keeble, trustee at Krissy and Friends Foundation; Keren Brooke, hospital play specialist; Martin Webb, ICR director; Ellie Griss, mayor’'s consort; Roger Fern, mayor of Ipswich; Ellen Farrance, children'’s unit sister; Rob Buttigieg, fundraiser; Sophie Peck, fundraiser; and Shirley Westgate, fundraiser, at the opening of the new state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment at Ipswich Hospital funded by charity The Krissy and Friends Foundation.

(L-R) Camilla Keeble, trustee at Krissy and Friends Foundation; Keren Brooke, hospital play specialist; Martin Webb, ICR director; Ellie Griss, mayor’'s consort; Roger Fern, mayor of Ipswich; Ellen Farrance, children'’s unit sister; Rob Buttigieg, fundraiser; Sophie Peck, fundraiser; and Shirley Westgate, fundraiser, at the opening of the new state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment at Ipswich Hospital funded by charity The Krissy and Friends Foundation.

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Young patients at Ipswich Hospital are getting lots of joy and fun from some new state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment thanks to a charity.

Youngsters using the sound and lighting equipment at Ipswich Hospital funded by charity The Krissy and Friends Foundation. Youngsters using the sound and lighting equipment at Ipswich Hospital funded by charity The Krissy and Friends Foundation.

The Krissy and Friends Foundation, which was set up by Kris Moore in 2015, raised £6,000 for the omiVista Interactive Projection System for use in the children’s ward play room.

The specialist motion-activated equipment creates dynamic images on the floor and uses a library of more than 300 audio-visual effects to engage and relax young patients.

The charity collected some of the money by holding a mega music quiz, which saw teams in nine different pubs take part in a quiz on the same night at the same time.

Fundraisers and charity representatives visited the ward alongside Ipswich Mayor Roger Fern on April 27 to see the equipment in action.

“I have worked with vulnerable children for the majority of my life and have always been musical, so set up the charity to combine those two passions,” said Kris, whose husband Kev raised more than £2,000 for the charity by completing the London Marathon.

“Our aim is to provide music therapy for young people whose lives have been altered by illness, injury or bereavement. The therapeutic impact of music is enormous and something I fully believe in – it has helped me through a lot in life and has also helped the children I’ve worked with.

“We are delighted that we have been able to provide this equipment for Ipswich Hospital and know that it will help a huge number of children over the coming years and hopefully make a real difference to their lives.”

Mandy Jordan, head of charity and fundraising with The Ipswich Hospital Charity, thanked everyone at Krissy and Friends for the gift.

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