Yesterday, on June the 1st, the Children’s Clinical University Hospital (BKUS), together with its staff and young patients, celebrated International Children’s Day for the sixth year. This year, the traditional festival was celebrated in line with the strictest safety and distancing measures. The children and the hospital staff were greeted by fairy-tale characters who had prepared not only a musical performance, but also a special bubble show, delighting more than 500 young patients from a safe distance.
The fairy-tale characters arrived on the hospital grounds in a special car early in the morning, gave musical performances, and put on a bubble show to bring joy to the patients, who watched the energetic festivities from the windows of their wards and hospital corridors. The children also received a special gift from Jēkabs Naumovs, the chef of the Children’s Hospital, who had prepared delicious cupcakes with support from “Maxima Latvija” to please the young hospital patients with a tasty and healthy surprise.
“On this special day, which reminds us all of the importance of a happy childhood, we want to give beautiful memories to our patients. Whether children are at home, school, or hospital, they still remain children. We must remember every day that it is our responsibility as adults to take care of the little ones and their safety and well-being. We are very pleased that even in the current difficult conditions, with support from “Maxima Latvija”, we have been able to find a way for music, fairy-tale characters, and bubble tricks to reach our children. This helps to create a pleasant patient experience which in turn facilitates recovery,” reveals Dace Zaldāte-Rozentāle, Head of the Communication Department of the Children’s Hospital.
“The Garden Festival is a very special tradition, which we have been cultivating at the Children’s Hospital for six consecutive years together with friendly hospital staff and partners. We are grateful for the opportunity to recreate the feel of a children’s party and hopefully make this day a little sunnier and brighter for every young patient and their parents, despite having to spend some time in a hospital. Our utmost priority is the well-being of our young patients and their families, so we are very pleased to be able to ensure a festive feel during the challenging treatment period. This year, the festival took place at a safe distance from patients with everyone watching the festivities from the windows of their wards, whilst also enjoying specially prepared treats,” says Jānis Beseris, Director of the Corporate Relations Department of Maxima Latvija.
The festive greeting and musical performance at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital was ensured by the staff of the creative association “Pasaku nams”.
Head of Communications department at Children's Clinical University Hospital