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Riley using the hydrotherapy pool
Like most 8 year old boys, Riley loves to swim in a pool
Riley makes a real splash whenever he visits Charlton Farm with his big sister Charlie.

Mum Debbie said the family had recently discovered the hospice at Charlton Farm, and for Riley, who uses a wheelchair, the hydrotherapy pool has given him a sense of freedom that other children his age would take for granted.

Riley, who has drug-resistant epilepsy and movement and balance problems caused by secondary microcephaly, is unable to use his local pool due to the extra support he needs. But the hydrotherapy pool at Charlton Farm is a fully accessible, hygienic and private space for the family to spend time making precious memories together.

The pool has its own hoist and fully equipped wet room, not to mention a sound system and changing lights!

Debbie said:

The pool has also been crucial in strengthening the bond between Riley and his sister Charlie. I love that this is something they can do together. It is the simple things in life; being together in that pool makes them both so happy.

As well as fun in the pool, a trip to Charlton Farm also provides important respite for mum, Debbie.

Since Riley’s birth, Debbie said she had found it difficult to leave her son in the care of others; but after enjoying overnight and day visits at Charlton Farm together as a family, Debbie said she now feels comfortable for Riley to stay at the hospice on his own.

“As Riley’s mum, I know his complex needs and quirks inside out and was anxious to leave his care in the hands of new people,” said Debbie.

“But the care team at Charlton Farm have always been very open and honest, and after regular visits they have helped reassure me.

I trust them to put a million per cent into making everything comfortable for Riley.