Last month (October 2021), Ismaili CIVIC Leicester ran a donation drive with Leicester Jamatkhana to collect arts-related items, for distribution across eight Children’s wards within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

A donation of nearly 500 items were made on behalf of the Leicester Jamat to the Children’s Hospital which is based across two sites - the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital. 

The Leicester Royal Infirmary provides care for a range of conditions such as cancer and emergency situations such as breaking a bone. Glenfield Hospital is a specialist centre treating children with heart conditions and other specialist surgery and treatments. The Children’s hospital has a team of play specialists that lead activities and use play as a therapeutic tool for all the long and short term patients 

Sadly, the Children’s hospital lost their budget for art supplies, a few years ago, and have been getting supplies through the Leicester Hospitals Charity.

The Ismaili CIVIC Leicester team along with the Leicester Jamat were able to support the hospital in providing the necessary art supplies (ranging from paper, paint, pencils and arts and crafts), as requested by the play specialists, to support both inpatient and outpatient care.  

Kirsty Murdock, a Play Specialist at the Leicester Children’s Hospital said:

“Thank you for your generous donation Ismaili CIVIC UK team, we are thrilled to have your support. Through your donation we have been able to provide art and craft activities for the children/young people that attend our hospital both long term and short term. You have truly made a difference to us and we are extremely grateful.”

As with all Ismaili CIVIC projects, this was the first of a long term partnership with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the Ismaili CIVIC Leicester team.

If you would like to get involved in our Ismaili CIVIC activities, please register to become an Ismaili CIVIC volunteer through your family dashboard at