The Play Well Trust was founded by Sarah Vaughan in January 2019, following the shocking diagnosis of a brain tumour in one of her daughter's nursery school friends.
Sarah felt compelled to use her skills and knowledge of Child Development and Early Years Education to support the little girl and her family through the use of play and creativity - all packed neatly into a Feel Better Box.
The little girl, had attended Sarah’s daughter’s 4th birthday party in the summer and had loved all of the creative and messy activities available there, so this seemed to be a good place to start. Sarah decided to make her a “party in a box”, so that she had some creative, play based activities that she could use at home with her siblings and family, while she was recovering from her treatments. Sarah packed a shoe box with all sorts of goodies, wrapped it in brown paper and delivered the first ever “Feel Better Box”.
The feedback from the family about the box was so positive, that Sarah began to offer boxes to other families where a child had a serious illness, as a pilot scheme, to see what impact it would have, if any.
The feedback was conclusive; Play and creativity were really benefitting the children and families who had received Feel Better Boxes, and it was clear that there was a need for this service both in hospital and at home.
In January 2019, The Play Well Trust was born, and it continues to grow from strength to strength. In its first year, The Play Well Trust sent 22 Feel Better Boxes to families across the UK - 73% of those families were affected by childhood cancer.
The aim of The Play Well Trust is simple:
To promote the benefits of play for families when a child has a serious illness. We do this by providing Feel Better Boxes to families across the UK as well as providing access to Free therapeutic play activity ideas on our website.
At present The Play Well Trust is entirely funded by the fundraising activities of its trustees and friends. If you would like to donate or sponsor a Feel Better Box, click here.