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2 October 2017

Generous lions help with sensory room

A sensory room in Coxheath for children with disabilities was opened by Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Malcolm Greer, thanks to Maidstone Lions Club donating all the equipment.

The new room, called Maidstone Lions Sensory Room, is kitted out with a bubble tube, interactive floor, tactile panels, machines and microphones that react to touch and sound and an array of lights. It will be used by children’s therapy teams from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT).

The lions made the generous donation to celebrate their centenary year and their gift was supplemented by extra fundraising for installation and maintenance of the equipment through KCHFT’s charity i care.

Jo Nye, Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist for KCHFT, said:  “Sensory rooms are ideal for children with a range of disabilities as they provide a safe environment for them to play and learn, with equipment that is completely suited to their needs.

The new Maidstone Lions Sensory Room will allow our children’s therapy teams to provide an even better service for our patients to help them with their development. The room will also provide carers with a relaxing space when needed.”

i care helps to provide services and items which cannot be funded by the NHS, to enhance patient care and boost patients’ and staff morale.