The first major piece of equipment for the new multi-sensory room at Preston’s Space Centre has been chosen.
Lancashire food retailer Booths has donated £10,000 for a giant bubble tube for the centre.
The Space Centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton, caters for young people and adults with physical and learning disabilities.
Until recently it faced the threat of closure after grants it had expected to finance an expansion did not materialise, leaving it in great financial difficulty.
A merger with Creative Support, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and other needs, secured the centre’s future, and bosses are now appealing for much-needed funding to complete Space 2.
The £10,000 donation from Booths will be used by Space to buy the 18ft tube, a specialist piece of sensory equipment which promotes visual and tactile stimulation, builds confidence and motivation, and increases coordination and learning potential.
The equipment aids those with learning and behavioural difficulties with relaxation and concentration techniques in a calm and controlled atmosphere.
Edwin Booth, chairman of Booths, added: “It is a pleasure to be able to support such an important facility and to ensure that more and more people can benefit from the remarkable work of the centre.”
Hilary Holden, fundraising co-ordinator for Space, said: “This was a wonderful gesture from the Booths directors and Space is very grateful for the most generous donation of £10,000 which has allowed us to purchase the Giant Bubble Tube for Space 2.
“It will be a stunning focus in the room.”