Radio Lollipop has been bringing sweet smiles to the faces of children in hospitals around the world since 1979 (the year I was born!)
The international children’s charity provides children with care, comfort, play and entertainment at a time when they need it most.
Each Radio Lollipop station has a team of volunteers who run the radio station, using music and sound to bring happiness to hospital wards, including those right here in Australia.
(Radio Lollipop is based in the UK, USA and Australia – Little Branch is Australian, my children were born in the UK when we lived there for 6 years and Little Branch is proudly published and distributed in the USA via Calypso Cards)
Songs and interactive games are broadcast into children’s rooms, and volunteers work bedside, playing games and coordinating art projects and competitions.
One in four children will be admitted to hospital before the age of 14, many for long term stays or return visits. Some of those children are terminally ill, and spend much of their short lives in hospital.
Radio Lollipop gives these young patients a voice, giving them the joy of requesting their favourite songs, winning prizes and even hearing themselves talking on the radio.
Volunteers are trained in the highest standards of service delivery to provide play and entertainment, supporting sick children and their families. Volunteers work in close partnership with hospital staff and customise their approach to suit the needs of each child.
To support the charity’s continued efforts, Little Branch is donating all profits from its 2017 Christmas Cards collection to Radio Lollipop, Australia. Shop the collection here!
Little Branch also donates craft materials and discontinued stock to the local Gold Coast station for art and craft activities.
For more information or to get involved visit www.radiolollipop.org