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Rugby legend Phil Vickery visits Little Bridge House sensory room


After 20 years of constant use, the sensory facilities at Children’s Hospice South West’s Little Bridge House in Fremington were in need of refurbishment. Thanks to generous funding, including a donation from the children’s charity of rugby, the Wooden Spoon Society, the hospice has been able to completely refurbish the room into a high tech multi-sensory play room which was visited by rugby legend Phil Vickery on Friday 12 January.

Tracy Freame, Head of Care at Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) said:

Multi-sensory stimulation plays a vital role in meeting specialised therapeutic needs for children. We are simply thrilled to be able to have such an amazing room to enhance the care and experiences we can give to the children at Little Bridge House, and we hope that our families will continue to enjoy it for many years to come. The fantastic generosity we received enabled us to bring our facilities completely up-to-date and it is a simply stunning asset to our hospice.

The sensory room features an array of specialist equipment including: coloured bubble tubes, fibre optic cascades, integrated acoustic systems and sparkling lights. All the equipment is programmable so that individual children can have their own settings, and the impact of its use is tremendous. Sensory stimulation is just one of the therapies available at the hospice which provides care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families from across Devon.

CHSW delivers a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, bereavement support and specialist medical care - all available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at no charge to the families.