Christmas Gift for Diverse Abilities

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As part of the Rotary Club of Bournemouth’s centennial year, they selected Diverse Abilities as one of its charities of choice to celebrate the milestone.

As long-standing supporters of the charity’s school, Langside, the Rotary Club of Bournemouth donated an incredible £2,500 this Christmas to help deliver a very special present.

The funds will purchase a specialist classroom chair, which will assist children supported at the school and more specifically the triplets, Harvey, Gabriel and Daniel, that started attending this year.

Nicki Priddle, the boys’ teacher at Langside School said: “Since the boys started with us we’ve seen so many improvements.  Harvey loves the rebound therapy on the trampoline, Gabriel likes story time, bubbles and the Langside cuddles and Daniel really loves time in the hydrotherapy pool.”

The specialist classroom chair will help the three special boys, who all have varying disabilities, progress even further at the school because it will offer them the postural support they require to enable them to access their environment and activities in order for them to make progress and reach their potential.

Nicole Warrilow, corporate and community manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “The first two chairs were funded for quite quickly, but this final chair for Harvey was proving a bit trickier. As Christmas was getting closer, we really wanted to ensure that Harvey had this chair before the end of the year. We decided to send out an appeal letter to local companies and local community groups to see if any of them could help and the Rotary Club of Bournemouth came to our rescue. A big thank you goes to President Roz Scammell and the members of Bournemouth Rotary for this exceptional Christmas gift.”

Every child at Langside needs this type of equipment to progress physically, but also to engage in the classroom and develop emotionally and cognitively. Langside is a specialist school for pupils aged two to 19 with profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex medical needs. The school provides a full sensory and therapeutic approach to meeting the needs of the pupils and helps them to achieve their full potential, with nursing support in every class.

If you’d like to donate to support Diverse Abilities, please get in touch with Nicole Warrilow by calling 01202 718266 or email Nicole.warrilow@diverseabilities.org.uk

For more information about the work of Diverse Abilities, visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk