A care centre for young people in Newport has fitted a range of new hoist equipment covering five rooms after it received a £10,000 grant from a charitable foundation.
The new hoists, part funded by the DM Thomas Foundation, will provide disabled children with access to important activities and therapies to improve their health and learning.
By providing specialist equipment and facilities, training, support and care, the DM Thomas Foundation works to improve the education, health and wellbeing for young people to achieve their full potential.
Serennu Children’s Centre provides care, treatment and activities for children and young people with physical and developmental disabilities in Newport and South East Wales.
Serennu works to ensure that disabled children and their families have access to the same range of opportunities, experiences, services and facilities as other children and their families.
The Foundation’s grant will help extend the centre’s current hoist system to five additional activity rooms.
Using the hoists, staff will be able to safely move children with limited mobility and physical disabilities to spaces they could not previously access.
There the children will be able to participate in learning activities, therapies and play opportunities which will help them to improve their strength and mobility and build key developmental and communication skills for future independence.
The hoists will ensure disabled children are able to access the same range of opportunities and social experiences as other children whilst receiving the care and support they need to improve their health and education.
Rachel Williams, Lazar Stupar, Gavin Michael and Andrea Price, supporters of the Foundation at Hilton Cardiff, presented the grant on the Foundation’s behalf to staff and young people at Serennu Children’s Centre.
Williams said: “Today’s visit on behalf of the Foundation was very much appreciated as it opened our eyes to all the amazing work that the Sparkle Appeal does for young children who need it.
“Their facilities are superb and the children greatly benefit from having such an amazing support centre. Thank you so much to the Sparkle Appeal team for their time showing us around.”
Simon Sheehan, director of DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, said: “Spending time and playing with other children are vital for children’s development and self-esteem and with the new hoist systems that we are supporting, more children will be able to access life-enhancing activities and therapies to help them fulfil their potential.”