A TEAM that works with children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions has been picked for national award to recognise its hard work and dedication.

The Play and Activities team at Naomi House and Jacksplace was presented with the Play Award at the Children and Young People Now Awards.

The accolade is given to the initiative that has done the most to offer children and young people the opportunities to play freely, enjoy childhood and contribute to their social, emotional and physical development.

Team leader Huw Bromage said: “Done well, play can empower and enrich the lives of every child and young person, regardless of medical condition or disability.

“My team believe that positive risk taking, inclusivity, innovation, and a person-centred approach can transform short lives on good days, difficult days and last days.

“We are delighted to pick up such a prestigious national award.”

Naomi House & Jacksplace employs six Play Team members who support more than 300 children and young people from across Wiltshire and beyond who rely on the services offered by the hospice charity.

The charity offers respite, community, emergency, end of life and bereavement care.

During the awards process industry experts commended the team on its focus of finding the perfect mix of fun, diversion, development opportunities and interaction with peers through music therapy, arts and craft activities, games, youth clubs, parties and trips out.

The awards ceremony took place at the Royal Lancaster, in London, on November 22 and was attended by hundreds of specialists who work with children and young people.

The accolades recognise initiatives from the public, private and voluntary sector that work with children and young people.