Lingotot South Birmingham Brings Arts and Crafts Fun to Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Posted: Mon, Jan 4, 2021 1:50 PM

Lingotot South Birmingham, founded by Katherine Aguirre, have been successfully running their Spanish classes in communities, nurseries, schools and uniformed clubs since September 2019. Their passion and dedication to giving back to their local community is proved by the positive feedback they receive, but it doesn’t stop there. 

While Lingotot definitely goes to some unusual places, with classes taking place in soft plays, cafes, open air forest schools and more, Katherine’s favourite experience was with the ArtKart at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Katherine says “My son Emilio spent quite a while there in 2018, waiting for a transfer down to Great Ormond Street Hospital for some major tracheoplasty and cardiac surgery. Both hospitals were absolutely wonderful, so when I found out about the ArtKart I jumped at the opportunity to give something back.”

On a cold afternoon back in January 2020, she brought some Spanish to poorly children and worried parents in A&E. She adds “We decorated animal masks and created flower pictures, and played Dónde Estás? (where are you?) behind their colourful masks.

The children were all so brave with bumped heads and poorly hands and feet, and they had lots of fun decorating and learning the names of the animals in another language.”

Speaking from experience Katherine adds “It’s never fun being in hospital but having been there so many times with Emilio, I know the arts and crafts table brings a bit of reassurance and relief to parents and children waiting to be seen.”

If you are inspired by Katherine’s passion for languages and giving back to her community, you can find out more about Lingotot South Birmingham here, or email them on southbirmingham@lingotot.com


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