Charity donates iPad library for young cancer patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Children’s cancer charity Ben’s Heroes Trust has donated 4 iPad minis to Ward 2, the children’s cancer ward, at Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. This will enable the children being treated on the ward to keep in touch with their family and friends at home, plus keep entertained by playing games.

This is the charity’s fourth iPad mini library, and the first library in Scotland. It follows the success of the iPad mini libraries already donated to University College Hospital in London, Bristol Children’s Hospital, and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The donation of this iPad mini library means that youngsters being treated on the children’s cancer ward will be able to maintain vital social links with family and friends during long hospital stays.


Using social media and communication tools such as Skype and Facebook, the children on Ward 2 will be able to keep up with friends and even play games together via popular apps.

The 2012 CLIC Sargent report ‘No Child With Cancer Left Out’ highlighted many social and educational issues associated with non-attendance at school due to their cancer treatment and 47% of parents said that their child had grown apart from friends because of diagnosis and treatment.

Having the donated iPad minis on the ward means that families can keep their personal iPads at home to allow siblings and other family members to keep in touch, as not many families could otherwise afford a variety of means necessary to communicate.

Claire McCallum, Play Specialist, NHS Lothian, said: “We are delighted and so grateful that Ben’s Heroes Trust have donated this iPad library, and we are really looking forward to seeing the difference it will make to the children’s stays with us.

“It is so important for family and friends to be able to stay in touch with the children while they are here, especially when the patients have come from further afield than Edinburgh, so we know that these iPads will mean a lot to the children and their families.”