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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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Hospital playtime dream comes true

AN overgrown garden has been transformed into a rehabilitation play area for children at the West Cumberland Hospital.

RED RIBBON MOMENT: Youngster Callum Clark helps Dianne Young cut the ribbon on the new Footsteps Child Development Centre play area.

By Julie Morgan

Unkempt land at the Footsteps Child Development Centre has now been revamped with equipment to help co-ordination, balance, exploration as well as sensory items to encourage communication.

The official opening of the play area was held yesterday (Wednesday), with the ribbon cut by retiring occupational therapist, Dianne Young.

Along with her colleagues, Dianne, who has worked in the NHS for 37 years, helped choose the equipment for the play area.

Louise Corless is the team manager at the centre. She said: “The new play area, which has wheelchair access, is so much better. We have talked about it for many years and it is now a dream come true.’’

The play area will be used by children with a variety of needs.

“For example, we have children with cerebral palsy and this will encourage their mobility,’’ Louise added. “While autistic children and those with Down’s syndrome will benefit from the sensory equipment.’’

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