Derriford is the largest hospital in the South West peninsular and a major teaching hospital serving a population of around 450,000 people.
The Activity Centre on Woodcock Ward caters for a wide range of children and young people including some with special, complex or additional needs, some of whom are particularly anxious when spending time in hospital.
Ben is always keen to join in family life. However, quadriplegic cerebral palsy means he is totally dependent on them for all his needs. He has a powered wheelchair which he can control by head movements and while this gives him a level of independence, operating the wheelchair is laborious, slow and very tiring for him.