Ray’s Story…

The Playhouse is named after Ray Bender who was a Director of Prestige Cars and Couriers for over thirty years. Ray sadly died of cancer in October 2009. Born in Fulham, Ray spent much of his life living and working in the Sands End area. As a child growing up in the 1940’s, Ray contracted polio which left him partially disabled, something which affected him for the rest of his life. He particularly loved children and he specifically requested that monies from the family trust be used to benefit local children and their families.

Ray’s Playhouse is a registered charity that was set up in January 2011 following a high-profile parents campaign to save the much-loved Sands End Playhouse, which had been operating for over thirty years in Fulham.

…and Ray’s Playhouse

The Playhouse is a situated in a purpose-built building located in the heart of Sands End by William Parnell Park, and provides a much-needed, stimulating environment for local parents and carers to take their children for stay and play sessions and other child-centred activities. The Playhouse has an extensive outdoor play area, and a light open indoor space providing a wide range of stimulating activities to suit babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Part of the morning stay and play sessions include a healthy eating snack time, where the children sit at tables and enjoy a range of finger foods such as fruit and breadsticks, encouraging independence and school readiness for the older ones. The morning concludes with a group sing-along. These are not a compulsory part of your visit and you are most welcome to continue playing inside or out with your child.

Our staff are well trained and carry current enhanced DBS checks. The team, led by Diane Myers, provide a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors and we particularly welcome any feedback on our service. Feedback forms are available in reception and we encourage visitors to tell us about their experience and provide comments on how we can improve.

Ray’s Playhouse relies on donations, raffles, grants and bequests to maintain the running of this invaluable service to all families with young children in the Borough. If you would like to know more information about supporting some of the work at Ray’s Playhouse, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or telephone.