Kettering General Hospital’s children’s play team is organising a major fundraising event to equip a purpose built playroom for children with special needs.
The team is organising a Sensory Sunday fun day to raise £15,000 for the new room which will be equipped with lights, music, special mats, toys and audiovisual aids for children with visual and hearing difficulties.
Play specialist Louise McKerral said: “The hospital already has some sensory equipment for children with special needs but we would really like to develop a new play room especially for them.
“We know that special sensory environments and toys help these children to relax and feel more comfortable during their time in hospital.
“They are also lots of fun for other children, especially very young children, so will benefit all of our patients.”
The play team have been fundraising for additional sensory equipment for the last two years and so far have raised £4,000 and bought bedside sensory toys as an interim measure.
Louise said: “The sensory toys we have been using have proven their value to us and so now we want to develop a special environment which will have all of the latest equipment.
“Local people can help us by attending out Sensory Sunday on August 30 at Kettering Rugby Club.
“We also want people to actively take part in the fun day perhaps by donating prizes to our raffle or by having their own stall at the event.
“Businesses can also help by advertising in our programme and we are also looking for someone to help us get a marquee for the event. “
Events planned for the fun day include a bouncy castle, table top sale, magician, Irish and Highland dancing, children’s games, children’s play area, barbecue and visits from the fire service and air ambulance. Refreshments will be provided by the WRVS.
For more information the public should contact Louise McKerral or Trish Brigden on 01536-492294.