Molly Olly’s Wishes were proud to donate £40,000 for the interior design towards Magnolia House at Birmingham Children’s hospital. Magnolia House is a beautiful, safe space built with thoughts and compassions in order to provide a unique environment for families facing very challenging situations.
Magnolia House is the first of its kind in the UK and is completely funded by charitable donations. It will set the benchmark for palliative care across the UK, providing support for children and families with terminal illness or complex diagnosis in order to understand and control their child’s symptom. Thoughtfully designed with counselling rooms, a calming lounge area, siblings play area and a private peaceful garden where families can sit and reflect.
Previous life-changing conversations took place in offices, empty cubicles or even playrooms with parents often moved back out onto the ward before they have time to properly digest the conversation.
Nicki Fitzmaurice, Palliative Care Lead at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “The hospital, and the families who come to us, have wanted a space like Magnolia House for such a long time and we are proud, today, to be able to start building this exciting new facility as it will improve the lives of hundreds of families that are delivered devastating news at our hospital every year.”
“We had tough conversations in public areas and in small consulting rooms that opened on to waiting areas full of other children and their families. We felt trapped by the environment, like we couldn’t breathe, needing to be outside, away from everyone else”, Rachel Ollerenshaw.
Therefore, Molly Olly’s decided to fund the interior design instead of the NHS in order to have this beautiful, safe and comfortable environment with lovely furniture compared to plastic furniture.