Bear Cottage


September 2018

Global children’s charity Merlin’s Magic Wand creates magical new space for the families of Bear Cottage.

A 12-month labour of love, the new space is inspired by the Manly attraction and is complete with marine-inspired graphics and underwater theming. Working closely with the staff at the Manly-based medical facility to create a suitable bathroom space, the new area will give young patients and their families a break from the daily routine of doctors’ appointments and create a calming and visually-appealing area to enjoy.

The charity arm of the world’s second largest tourism operator, Merlin Entertainments Group, Merlin’s Magic Wand aims to bring the magic back into the lives of children facing challenges of serious illness or disability and their families.

Merlin’s Magic Wand spokesperson, Ashley Hayes, said the impact the charity’s initiatives has on children and their families, is more than just a day out or new space, it’s about creating magical experiences.

“Helping to create magical and positive memories in the lives of children facing challenges of serious illness or disability is the core purpose of Merlin’s Magic Wand. To see this project complete and the looks on the faces of the children enjoying the new bathroom truly is a priceless feeling,” said Ms Hayes.

“We are proud to have not only paid homage to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary but also assist Bear Cottage in helping them continue to provide such amazing support for the families who utilise their services.” Bear Cottage Community Relations Manager, Bronwen Simmons said it is rewarding to see this project complete and have a new space for the facilities’ families to enjoy.

“Our staff work day in day out to help our patients and their families by making them as comfortable as possible. This new space will help bring create a calming space for them to enjoy,” said Mrs Simmons. Since 2008, Merlin’s Magic Wand has aimed to support children and their families across the world who have faced challenges of serious illness, disability or adversity through a variety of initiatives including custom hospital makeovers, magical days out at Merlin Entertainments’ attractions and hospital visits for those too sick to leave their beds.

Funded through monetary donations and generous support from suppliers, Merlin’s Magic Spaces are found in Hospitals and health facilities across the globe and help bring the magic of Merlin to children and their families who are too sick to visit a Merlin attraction.

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The Charity makes FUN accessible to children with three Magic Spells: "Magical Days Out" providing tickets and contributing towards a travel grant for families to enjoy their day at a Merlin Entertainments’ attraction; "Merlin’s Magic On Tour" working with our local communities at hospitals and hospices to bring the magic to the children wherever they are; and "Merlin’s Magic Spaces" designing and creating amazing projects in hospitals, orphanages, learning centres and more all around the world.

Merlin’s Magic Wand is a charitable trust registered with the UK Charities Commission, registration number 1124081. Merlin’s Magic Wand Trustees Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 06511344.

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