Art students refurbish doll’s house to help bereaved children

Art students refurbish doll’s house to help bereaved children

L-R: Sophie Watkins, Michelle Hicks from Myton Hospice and Emma Hodson

Two art and design students from Rugby College have renovated and decorated a doll’s house for The Myton Hospices’ Rainbow Ripples project which helps bereaved children.

Sophie Watkins, 18, and Emma Hodson, 17, presented their completed doll’s house to Michelle Hicks and Lisa Sant from Coventry Myton Hospice. They also refurbished furniture and added some of their own touches such as a teddy bear and easel.

Sophie and Emma, who are both from Rugby, volunteered to work on the project in their own time, renovating and decorating the old doll’s house after Michelle Hicks and Lisa Sant from Myton approached the college for help.

Sophie said, “Both of us really enjoyed working on this project particularly because it was to be used at Myton Hospice to support children whose family members are suffering from a life limiting illnesses. Knowing that the house would be used by so many children and could have a big impact motivated us to spend our free time researching and renovating the doll’s house.”

Emma said, “The end design was a bright, colourful object, for the Rainbow Ripples Project, that not only would be used as a toy but one which could be used by children to communicate their feelings.”

The Rainbow Ripples service supports children who are or have been affected by the serious illness or death of a close family member. Rainbow Ripples offers advice and support in a number of ways, including one-to-one counselling, bereavement workshops and family group work.

Russell Parker, Lecturer at Rugby College said, “We are so proud of Sophie and Emma – they did all this work in their own time and have done a fantastic job.

“It was great to see how overwhelmed the Myton Hospice staff were when they saw the final outcome and to hear how beneficial it would be to the children in their care. The best thing with a project like this is that the students know their creation will help so many children at such a difficult time.”

Michelle Hicks from Myton Hospice said, “We are absolutely delighted to see the final doll’s house and would like to thank Sophie and Emma for their hard work and creativity, it looks wonderful. We are sure it will become a much-loved addition to the Rainbow Ripples service.”

The Myton Hospices provide care for people over the age of 18 years with a wide range of terminal illnesses across Coventry and Warwickshire. The charity also provides expert care and support for patients and their loved ones through a range of support services available for children and adults including Counselling, Clinical Psychology, Pastoral Care and Complementary Therapy.

Rugby College offers a range of art and design courses. For further information call 0300 45 600 49 or go to

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