Acorns Children’s Hospice has unveiled its newly-refurbished multi-sensory therapy suite.
Children and families across the Black Country can now benefit from state-of-the-art equipment, including interactive play areas, wall mirrors, light tubes, a relaxing water bed, flexible, coloured fibre optics, and padded walls and flooring.
The refurbishment was possible thanks to a £21,000 donation to the hospice from former Goodyear workers, donated through the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent scheme.
Head Nurse at Acorns in the Black Country, Jackie Griffiths, said:
“We are extremely grateful to the union for their support. This generous donation has enabled us to completely transform our sensory suite, bringing it up to date with the latest technology and equipment.
“Multi-sensory therapy is a key part of our work. The children in our care have a wide variety of complex conditions and all the new interactive apps and activities will help them to communicate their needs, opening up a whole new world and giving them greater independence.”
The Benevolent scheme was established following the closure of the Wolverhampton Goodyear Tyre factory in 2015, from what was the workers’ sick pay fund. The scheme is currently supporting more than 40 different charity projects in Wolverhampton and the Black Country.
Cyril Barrett, Chairman of the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent fund, said:
“The trade union’s involvement with charities dates back to 1985. We have got a long and proud history supporting registered charities and those most in need in our community.
“When we received the request from Acorns and having visited the hospice on a number of occasions, quite frankly it was an easy project for the trust and management committee to agree to support. We are very impressed and touched by the support staff and volunteers provide children and families.
“Funding this project is part of creating a legacy to all the people that have been members of the fund since 1985. It really is a proud moment for us.”
For more information visit Acorns Children’s Hospice