A CHARITY supporting children with special needs and disabilities in and around Uttoxeter has received another timely boost from a multi-million pound car giant.
Rakemark Respite Holiday Club, which holds its sessions throughout the holidays at Rocester Children’s Centre, has received a cash donation from The Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust which will provide the charity with support for equipment for its sensory room.
The trust has provided a donation of £769 which has allowed Rakemark Respite to purchase a projector which allows rotating images to be projected onto the walls of the sensory room.
Wendy Vegus, manager of Rakemark Respite, said: “It is fantastic that the Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust supported us with this piece of equipment and it has already benefited a significant number of children who use our facility and, in particular, one child who did not vocalise but who is now vocalising at the images.”
Nick Freeman, assistant general manager of external affairs at Toyota UK, added the company was proud to be able to help the charity.
He said: “We are delighted to be able to support this very worthy organisation through our Community Grant Programme and hope that the equipment will provide children enjoyment through learning for many years to come.”
A sensory room is a special room designed to develop people's sense, usually through special lighting, music and objects. It can be used as a therapy for children with limited communication skills.
Rakemark Respite was established by a group of mothers of children with special needs or disabilities in 2010 after experiencing firsthand how a lack of facilities for children with these needs can affect them during the school holidays.
Since it was first established the group has continued to go from strength-to-strength after securing funding from various sources and holding fund-raising events.