More than 8,000 has been raised towards an appeal to update a sensory room used by Walsall children with complex disabilities and replace worn out, old-fashioned and broken equipment.
A £15,000 appeal was launched last September to improve the sensory room at the Child Development Centre in Shelfield and since then, working with Walsall Healthcare’s Well Wishers charity, fundraisers have been busy raising cash.
So far, £8441.28 has been raised towards the target. The latest donation of £620 came via generous customers from the Longhorn pub in Walsall.
Esther Bennett, Longhorn manager, said: “We’ve had a jar on the bar for people to put change in but people have also put notes in. We collected this over the last couple of months.”
Georgie Westley, Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re thrilled that so many people have got on board with the appeal and thank them for their generous support.
“We’ve had donations via a fun run, a bike ride from Rhyl to Shelfield, a bake off and donations from Walsall Football Club to name just a few. We’re planning a fashion show in March to give the appeal another boost and are hopeful of reaching our £15,000 target in the next few months.
“The room is such an important feature and offers children much-needed therapy and support. It is such a shame that they are having to use old, worn out equipment –they deserve a much better facility so I hope local businesses and organisations will rally round to give the area a new lease of life.
The room is used five days a week and caters for babies up to young people aged 19.It is used for one to one sessions as well as group sessions and staff would also like to make better use of the outside space that leads from the room and maximise that area as a multi-sensory area too.
Do you want to support the appeal? Please get in touch with Fundraising Manager Georgie on 01922 656643 or email her on Georgie.Westley@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk