YOUNGSTERS at the Oxford Children's Hospital are enjoying a week of fun activities to mark National Play in Hospitals Week.

The aim of the week is to encourage hospitals to put on a range of activities for its youngest patients with the children's hospital hosting an array of games and entertainment to tie in with this year's theme, 'every day heroes'.

Oxford Children’s Hospital Charity spokesman Joe Baker said: "Every day we are amazed by creativity, enthusiasm and dedication of the Play Team at the Oxford Children’s Hospital.

"From arranging arts and crafts for children who are unable to leave their bed, to organising birthday parties for patients who will not be celebrating at home – each and every one is a super hero.

"With your support, we can continue to make our very special hospital more comfortable, provide specialist equipment, fund research and fill our hospitals with fun things to do."

Play Specialist, Eleanor Scammell, added: “As a team we are delighted to be celebrating this very special week.

“The use of play helps distract and keep our young patients entertained whilst they are in hospital, often helping bring a smile to some of our most poorly patients."