High school students from Clermont-Ferrand report at CHU Estaing, where Apech comes to bedside in hospital

Since 1995, in Clermont-Ferrand, the Children’s Comfort in Hospitals Association (Apech), a local association, free of operating costs and supported by a group of volunteer caregivers, has been working with children in the pediatric sector and services that welcome minors at CHU Estaing in Clermont Ferran.

As part of an editorial work in partnership with the mountainsubordinate
Pupils of the Ambroise-Brugière High School met in Clermont-Ferrand and
He interviewed Roman Lippo, an early childhood teacher and animator at
inside the assembly.

What is the purpose of the association?

“The aim of Apech is to improve hospital conditions
children and their families. The association is unique in France because it is not
Focuses not only on children’s tumors, but in general
Children in hospital, 3 to 18 years old. »

What does the association offer to children?

“Apech gives them many interesting workshops and also brings many speakers to the CHU, such as magicians, storytellers, clowns, musicians… Bringing a magician every 15 days, for example, is a rather big cost., 6000 euros per year.”

What are the children’s reactions to the suggested activities?

“All the reactions from the children are very positive, the speakers are welcome with great joy! Bringing speakers gives a rhythm to Children’s Week. For example, they know that on such a day a magician will come, on such a day he will be a musician … Psychologically, It helps them move forward, and it’s also an opportunity for them to forget about their illnesses and recover. Stay away for a while.”

How is the association funded?

“The hospital cannot fund all the desired projects. Contributions received
From the donors not to be reckoned with. In addition, some actions
It was made to raise money, such as the sales of pies in front of CHU. We can also be requested by other associations or by different partners who will participate in the financing of the association, such as the Banque Populaire Foundation, which gave us €4,000. »

What are the projects of the association?

“We want to buy new equipment for children, new toys in particular, but also make arrangements for reception areas for families, offering various workshops for children, plastic arts workshops, virtual reality workshops, etc.”

Has Covid-19 had an impact on the association’s work?

“In terms of donations received, no. But Covid has significantly limited visits to
Many of the speakers are no longer able to come for health reasons.
This has greatly affected the morale of the children and their families. »

What has the association given you personally?

“Being a part of APECH has been very rewarding personally, even though I have only been a member of the association for two years. The main thing for me is that the children benefit and that they are satisfied with the different workshops that are offered to them.”

The lack of teachers does not exclude the Académie Clermont-Ferrand

How can we help the association?

“Talking about engagement around you is already an excellent start. Some high schools organize donuts, for example, to raise money for the association. We also collect toys, but only new toys. Every gesture counts, even the ones we might think are insignificant.”

As part of the Banque Populaire Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Foundation Awards, organized in partnership with the management of the Académie de Clermont-Ferrand, the Center for Media and Information Education and La Montagne, students from Ambroise-Brugière High School in Clermont-Ferrand have produced this article on Apech, 1st regional prize in 2022.

Interviewed by Faustin Berard Demoser, Diego Berenguer, Sarah Simitier, Damien Gay, Asim Lied, Elia Niraval Vieira, Salome Ojeix Martinaud, Florian Robert, Nayla Tilot, Rachel Fillet and Celine Yesleurt

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