Radio Lollipop provides care, comfort, play and entertainment to children in hospital and believes in the healing power of play - providing smiles and laughter to children at a time when they need it most.
One in four children are admitted to a hospital before reaching age 14.
Though some patients are short-stay, many have a recurring need for care and return repeatedly to hospital. Some who are terminally ill spend much of their short lives in hospital.
Radio Lollipop gives young patients a voice and a choice during their stay. While they can´t say "no" to taking their medicine or receiving treatment, they can request their favourite songs, win prizes and hear their own voices on the radio. Those activities give youngsters a haven of normality in the hospital day which in other respects is strange, different and often scary.
Radio Lollipop volunteers commit to one evening per week (Monday to Thursday) from 6pm to 8pm and go around the wards playing games, arts and crafts, storytelling, taking requests for our radio station and having loads of fun.