New sensory room for Starfish ward, thanks to Fullerians RFC Community

A new sensory room for the Starfish children’s ward at Watford General is now a reality thanks to the incredible efforts of the Fullerians RFC community. The sensory room was officially opened by the McCabe family and members of the Fullerians RFC on Monday 20 May 2024.

Lola McCabe (front) and her family with the Fullerians RFC community, cut the ribbon to the new sensory room.
Lola and Emma McCabe in the new sensory room

On 16 March 2022, members of Fullerians RFC pedalled an impressive 355km to Paris, finishing at the Stade De France two days later. Their journey raised over £20,000 for the sensory room appeal, inspired by young patient Lola McCabe

All smiles for the Fullerians Ride for Lola team after reaching Paris
Richard, Willow, Lola and Emma McCabe pictured centre,
with the Ride for Lola Team and their £20,000 donation to the Starfish Ward

Lola, now 6, whose life was turned upside down following a leukaemia diagnosis, inspired this amazing fundraising effort. Keeping the team company virtually was Dobbie, Lola’s toy house elf, who wore a GPS tracker enabling Lola to follow their progress.

Eight cyclists from the Fullerians community plus a saddle and support team of two completed the fundraising initiative for Lola. The team departed the club on Wednesday 16 March at 6.30am for Newhaven, travelled by Ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe the next morning, and continued their pedal to Paris, arriving on Friday 18 March.

Celebrating their amazing achievement!

The care Lola has received at Watford General has been amazing. It has been an honour to put all of our love, efforts, and hard-earned money towards a project close to our hearts and maybe even something that will help a future Fullerian, friend or family member in the future.’

Lola’s dad Richard McCabe
Willow (left) and Lola (right) enjoy the new sensory room

This is an amazing achievement that will bring hours of pleasure to all the children on the Starfish ward during their stay in hospital.
A great big thank you to all involved, seeing children play in the sensory room is so wonderful.

Senior Sister and Starfish Ward Manager Kerry Beasley

The sensory room is an important addition to Starfish ward, creating a therapeutic space for young patients to explore during some of the toughest times children and families can face. In addition to the sensory room, the cyclists also raised funds for a beautiful aquarium on the children’s ward, helping to create a sense of calm and distract young patients during their treatment.

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