THE ability to touch, taste, smell, see and hear can be a boost for disabled children – and making the Vote that Counts could help build youngsters in the North East a new “sensory room”.
The Percy Hedley Foundation provides services for young people and adults in the North East, including education through the Percy Hedley Lower and Upper Schools, the Northern Counties School, and Percy Hedley College.
It also runs an employability project and sports academy, with a variety of day and residential services for adults.
Money from People’s Postcode Trust would be used to create new “sensory rooms” at the school and at college to help support students as they focus on senses such as feel, vision, sound, smell and taste.
The rooms would be equipped with special sound and visual effects, tactile experiences, vibration, use of aromas and music, allowing pupils to completely relax, or interact with and control all the elements themselves – possibly offering a sense of control for the first time in their lives.
Julie Calvert from the Percy Hedley Foundation was ecstatic that the charity had been nominated as part of the Vote That Counts.
She said: “The important thing for us is that we are a regional-based charity and it is people in the region that are going to be voting for us.
“If they vote for us its means the money will be spent in the North East to help disabled people.
“Our Diamond Jubliee is next year and we’re hoping to launch the new capital opportunity and we need to raise £6m over the next three years.
“If we get the most votes then the money will go towards that.”