PATIENTS at a children's ward have taking part in Remembrance commemorations.

Children on Alice ward at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic Hospital created poppies out of plastic bottles during play therapy session with trainee specialist, Polly Brown. .

Suzanne Marsden, Alice ward and children’s outpatients manager, said: “The poppies created by the children are extremely timely with Remembrance Day, but also with the recent launch of the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre Appeal.”

Play therapy is a therapeutic technique used for children and young people to assist them through medical and surgical procedures.

Suzanne added: “The poppies look absolutely fantastic so a huge well done to all the children who created them and also to Polly, who came up with the idea.”

The appeal, which was launched at the House of Commons last month, is to help fund a new £1.5 million Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre at the Oswestry-based hospital where veteran patients will be treated in a bespoke care environment.

It was decided the children would place the poppies outside the Veterans’ mural – which was created by art students from The Marches School in Oswestry.

The mural was designed to highlight the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre Appeal and is located on the walls towards the Pre-operative Assessment Unit, close to where the centre is proposed to be.

Lee Osbourne, project manager for the Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre Appeal, said: “The poppies are amazing and so fitting with the veterans’ mural designed by The Marches School.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to staff and patients on Alice ward for thinking of the Veterans’ Centre and supporting the appeal.”