Olympian Shelley supports hospital playroom

Children enter the new playroom
Children enter the new playroom
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An Olympian has offered her support to a new playroom for kids at a rehabilitation centre.

Olympic javelin thrower Shelley Holroyd was invited to the opening of the room at the Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre in Preston.

The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals centre offers specialist wheelchair, prosthetic and orthotic rehabilitation to both children and adults throughout Lancashire

The hospitals trust teamed up with Newman College, the SMRC User Group and SMRC Paediatric Patients to select and commission a range of mural artworks for the playroom walls that will encourage much needed play and distraction for the children.

Shelley said: “It’s been a really fun day, and it’s been great to see all the children get involved. For many of these children, it will be the first time they’ve been able to take part in a sports day, so I’m happy to help out.”

Rory Davies, Head of Service at the SMRC said: Some of our youngsters that visit the centre spend many hours here, so it’s important that we have somewhere for them to play and for them to be distracted from their treatment or that of their sibling or parent.”