LVS Hassocks proudly opened its new sensory room on Monday 27th February, which will greatly benefit the development of its students with autism thanks to kind-hearted businesses and fundraising parents who brought the plan to fruition.
The school worked with parent and chief fundraiser Stevie Lee to create a space that will both stimulate and calm students and aid their communication. Stevie’s fundraising through her friends and business contacts raised £6,000, and she enhanced this by contacting local businesses which brought the valuable support of the Mid Sussex Round Table whose Chairman Crispin Sykes was present to officially open the room. Crispin said: “We were really excited to be part of this project as it is community-based, supports an important local SEN school and will help its children for a long time to come”.
Other contributors included Brewin Dolphin and the Golden Lion Group who own the Duke of York pub in Sayers Common, and more parents joined in by raising money and painting the room ahead of the new installation.
Excited students from LVS Hassocks arrived at the room on Monday evening for their first glimpse of the ball pool, bubble tube, spaghetti LED lights and water bed amongst other interactive items, and enjoyed their first experience of the facility. Parent Lindsay Roberts was present at the opening and said: “Charlie will be beside himself with excitement when he sees the room – he will really benefit from it. It will be very calming for him, and is a big bonus for children as not many schools are able to offer a sensory room”.
LVS Hassocks Director of SEN Sarah Sherwood said: ““We were delighted to open our new Sensory Room which will provide so many valuable activities to enhance the lives of our learners. With the vision and fundraising activities of parent Stevie Lee along with the generosity of local businesses led by the Mid Sussex Round Table and additional funding from the Licensed Trade Charity which owns and manages the school, this is a great example of how a collaborative effort can make a huge impact and help us to develop learners’ social and emotional wellbeing. The equipment will allow us to both stimulate and calm them through light, sound and touch and is a great asset that any school would love to have”.