For parents staying in hospital with very sick children, the stress, loneliness and desperation is often intolerable. Parents can arrive at hospital and remain there for many many months, struggling to support families at home and look after a seriously ill child in hospital...
The Fund established the Rosie’s Rainbow Therapy Room for parents to take time out and gather their strength. For three days a week, aromatherapist Amanda Tibbels, looks after parents with calming and restorative aromatherapy massage in the Rainbow Therapy Room on the ward at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital.
The need for this service is substantial. Ward staff identify the parents and carers who will most benefit from the therapy and compile each day’s appointments. There is never enough time to see all whose who require support, but the multiple letters that we receive from those who do receive an aromatherapy massage session on the ward demonstrate the value of the service. We aim to extend this service as the need is so great and there are no similar facilities available.