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Sensory room for children receives generous donation

The sensory room at Poole Hospital will be refurbished thanks to the generosity of local fundraisers who raised nearly £7,000.

The money will provide a new safe space for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) to receive specialist sensory therapy and benefit from more active and sensory play.

The room will support children with sensory processing difficulties by working with specialist therapists using equipment designed to help improve sensory processing such as a swing, scooter ramp, play den and texturized and deep pressure toys.

Jefferies familyThe Jefferies family donated £700 to the room which they say has made a significant difference to son Ross who has subtle developmental needs by taking part in the Tough Mudder Challenge.

Sarah Jefferies said: “This service has helped Ross more than any other, practically, physically and mentally and has really helped him to develop.

“As a direct result of this service Ross can now ride a bike, his social confidence has grown and most importantly he knows how to help himself when he’s feeling anxious using the strategies he’s learnt from the team.

“We will continue to fundraise for the Child Development Centre and look forward to seeing the room in all its glory and doing something to help children with subtle and severe needs.”

LV and teamIn addition to this, the General Risk Management department at LV= generously donated over £6,000 to the children’s sensory room thanks to the money raised at their annual golf day held on 10 July this year.

Steve Haynes from LV= said: “At LV= we strive to work with our community as much as possible and the funds from the annual Golf day are primarily raised for the Poole Hospital Children’s Charity and the Roundtable Children’s Wish. We are very pleased that this year’s event has helped provide the much needed Sensory Room at Poole Hospital.”

Children’s occupational therapist Anna Willis said: “We would like to thank LV= and the Jefferies for their generous contribution to help us make this space the best it can be.

“We are so grateful for the continuing support of all our fundraisers!”

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