New hoist system funded for disabled children to play and learn together

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has awarded a grant of £10,000 to The Sparkle Appeal to help install hoist systems in five rooms at Serennu Children’s Centre in Newport, Wales. The new hoists will provide disabled children with access to important activities and therapies to improve their health and learning.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is a charity committed to transforming the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people in communities across the UK. By providing specialist equipment and facilities, important training and support, and vital care, the 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 Sparkle Appeal is the official charity of Serennu Children’s Centre.

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, form new friendships with other children 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. Hilton Cardiff has long supported the Foundation and its work improving the education and health of young people across Wales. The hotel team will again be supporting the Foundation at their annual charity ball in September.

Rachel 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 is 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.”

Sarah Telford, Chair of Trustees at The Sparkle Appeal said:

“The guiding principle of the Sparkle Appeal is to ensure that all our children and young people, with a disability and/or developmental difficulty, are able to access the same range of childhood experiences as their peers. This incredible funding has allowed us to install a hoisting system throughout the building so that all of our children can now engage, play and feel fully involved in the club they attend. Without Sparkle and our new hoisting system, many of the children and young people we support simply wouldn’t have access to leisure activities with other children or have fun with their peers. Thank you to DM Thomas Foundation for Young People for accepting our application and approving the grant, we can’t express just how much of a difference this new equipment will make to our families.”