Interactive sessions bring joy to patients at Marie Curie Hospice

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Patients at a Penarth hospice have been reaping the benefits of an interactive projector. The Allied Health Professionals team at the Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale, have been supporting patients to use the Magic Table 360 as part of an eight-week trial.

Now the team are looking at how to raise funds to enable a 3 year contract for the device.

The Magic Table 360 is a projector that can be used on all surfaces including on ceilings and walls, and includes a wide range of interactive activities, including ‘painting’ photographs of locations across the UK/world and games like football and tennis.

There are also breathing exercise clips, with images of beautiful locations to help people relax.

Brian Moran, 89, has been using the device during his stay at the hospice – including  playing  competitive games of air hockey with Rehabilitation Technician Sharon Exintaris.

Brian said: “Although I’m not very good at the painting with the photos of different places, it’s very educational”.

“The air hockey is a very invigorating game! It really works your shoulders”.

“The whole concept of it takes your mind off things but also helps open up conversations so you can have a chat about different aspects of your life.  Conversation is everything in life really”.

Occupational Therapist, Sian Boylan said the device can provide rehabilitation, relaxation and social interaction for patients.

“The hope is that patients feel positive and uplifted after having some fun with the Magic 360 ” she said, adding that a 3 year contract for the device, including updates, would cost nearly £8,000.

“We’re looking at ways to fund this to continue supporting patients like Brian, allowing them to have interactive sessions and protected time with healthcare assistants and even family when they come in to visit.

To find out more about how you can support Marie Curie visit  If you’d like to speak to the team about the Magic 360 and how you can support them to put funds in place, email


About Marie Curie
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity.  The charity provides essential nursing and hospice care for people with any terminal illness, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement. It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK. Marie Curie is committed to sharing its expertise to improve quality of care and ensuring that everyone has a good end of life experience. Marie Curie is calling for recognition and sustainable funding of end of life care and bereavement support.

Dying in Poverty campaign
Marie Curie has launched a petition calling on the UK Government to grant working age people early access to their State Pension if they have a terminal illness, because nobody should die in poverty. The charity is also calling for greater support with energy costs to be made available to all terminally ill people, regardless of their age, and for more support with the costs of childcare for terminally ill parents with young children. If you believe that nobody should die in poverty sign Marie Curie’s petition calling for government action

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