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The Children’s Unit at North Manchester General Hospital had a sensory room installed in 2009. This room has been available as a place of distraction and comfort for the 3,500 children that attend the unit each year. With continuous use, most of the equipment in the room had stopped working or became damaged and needed replacing.

MedEquip4Kids has completely restored the room with a new bubble tube, sensory activity board, a talking cube and a colour wheel light projector.

Mum Kate, who recently spent time at NMGH with her son, George, said “We spend a lot of time in hospital so it’s great to have good sensory and play equipment. We stayed for 3 days this time and the sensory room was his favourite place.”

Pam Lord, Play Specialist at NMGH said: “Thank you to everyone at MedEquip4Kids for raising the money to replace our sensory room equipment. It is being used so much by all the patients on the ward, in particular helping to calm anxious children, and providing a stimulating environment for children with learning difficulties.”

Evelyn Glarvey, Project Coordinator at MedEquip4Kids, said: “We would like to thank the Rycroft Children’s Fund, the Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation, Tesco Bags of Help and the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund for generously helping to fund this project.”

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“This donation has enabled us to use more varied and useful therapeutic toys and games when working with children and young people with mental health difficulties, as well as using extra clinic rooms which are now more child-friendly. This has helped reduced anxiety about coming to CAMHS and meant that family therapy can be done. Both parents of a 10 year old boy can now attend with their 5 year old as the youngest child can play with our new resources in the waiting room or clinic space. The 10 year old benefited from therapeutic games about thoughts/feelings and we were also able to observe imaginative play for assessment.”

Dr Eleanor Oswald
Clinical Psychologist, CAMHS
Vale of Leven Hospital

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