A new sensory room at Preston’s Space Centre has been officially opened.
The Thomas Cook Sensory Studio is the latest addition to the centre in Pedders Lane, Ashton, thanks to a donation of £44,500 from the travel agents children’s charity.
The Space 3 room which has been named after the holiday company is now fully kitted out, thanks to the donation.
The centre hopes to be taking bookings for the room by January next year.
It was opened by Thomas Cook managing director Steve Barrass at a special event yesterday.
Mr Barrass, who is based at Thomas Cook Scheduled Businesses based at Preston Docks, said: “We are very proud of being a Preston based business so helping a local charity allows us to see, feel and have a real emotional attachment with the centre and a personal relationship with the inspirational team who run it.
“It’s the best utilisation of space I have seen for a long time!”
The Space Centre’s fund-raising coordinator Hilary Holden said: “To have a company like Thomas Cook on board is amazing, for them to say we will take care of that whole room is above and beyond what any company can possibly do on their own.
“Steve was absolutley bowled over by it, he said he never expected Space 3 to be anything like this when he made the donation.”
Space Centre manager Alison Shorrock added: “To have that money to equip that room as we want it has been a joy. I am thrilled with that room.”
Space 3 was always in the pipeline and is a smaller room, it is aimed at people who can’t cope in the larger space of Space 1.
Until earlier this year the long term future of the centre was under threat because of a funding black hole but its future has been saved thanks to a merger with charitable organisation called Creative Support.
The priority for the centre continues to be raising money for equipment in Space 2.