St Andrew’s provides free 24-hour care for children with life-limiting illnesses from North and North East Lincolnshire, the wider Lincolnshire area and Hull and the East Riding. It also provides vital support for families, friends and carers. Its motto, Making Each Day Count, is more than just a slogan; it is the reality for youngsters using the services and state-of-the-art facilities offered by St Andrew’s.
The Foundation awarded £9,500 to the hospice to revamp its sensory room. The hospice as a whole is undergoing a £6.5 million redevelopment to transform services for both younger and adult patients, and the sensory room has been improved for use by all. The old room was 13 years old and had become no longer operational, with dated technology which was difficult to use. The Foundation has helped St Andrew’s provide a therapeutic space to develop children’s senses, making a positive contribution to the treatment of youngsters with life-limiting illnesses. The new equipment means children with cognitive impairments as well as physical disabilities can experience different stimulating sensations, such as sight, sound, smell and touch. This helps them relax or be motivated, and also helps develop physical, visual and social skills.
St Andrew’s is committed to providing a happy and fun environment for its young patients. Pictured on the left is seven-year-old Sharissa Hubball with nurse Samantha Clark, showing their support for the #IamABLE campaign.
“Thanks to the sensory room, our patients and their families are ABLE to be individuals, using sensory equipment in their own way to make positive differences” – Jane Whenham-White, head of income generation at St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice.