BY NEWS REPORTER
A charity which provides a lifeline of support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, is celebrating the opening of a new place of calm for those in crisis.
The Sensory Cabin uses lights, sounds and textures to provide engaging learning opportunities and also a calm space for times of difficulty.
It has been created for The Maypole Project, which supports people across Greenwich Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark and Bromley.
The tailored sensory environment has long been on the wish list of The Maypole Project, a charity based in Bromley who support families who have children with complex medical needs, disability or special educational needs.
The charity was helped by property services business Axis Europe, who sent 33 of their apprentices to convert a shed into a Sensory Cabin and create a water feature in Maypole’s sensory garden.
Building materials suppliers Travis Perkins donated all the materials.
Sally Flatteau Taylor, founder of The Maypole Project, said: “Being able to open our own Sensory Cabin is a dream come true for us and will bring enormous benefits to the ill and disabled children we work with.
“It will act a safe space where they can calm down and relax, and an interactive, engaging learning environment.
We are extremely grateful to Axis Europe for all of their hard work and dedication to bringing our vision to fruition, and to Travis Perkins for providing the raw materials to make it happen.”
The charity supports more than 1,000 children and families every year, but they estimate that this only covers about 30 per cent of the people that need their help.
Maypole offer sailing trips along with the Ahoy Centre charity in Deptford and the soft play centre, Gambados, in Beckenham. Maggie Devine from Travis Perkins Managed Services said: “We are passionate about supporting local communities, and are thrilled that we have been able to support The Maypole Project to build a new Sensory Cabin through donation of materials from our supply chain.
“We hope that the children and families who access The Maypole Project enjoy the space for years to come.” Michelle Seale from Axis Europe said: “We have a longstanding charity partnership with the Maypole Project and Travis Perkins – so it was an ideal opportunity to all work together on the Sensory Barn.
“We are grateful too to TW Drainage who built the ramp and prepared the ground to accommodate the new electrical connection to the cabin.
“We gave the challenge to our apprentices and they more than rose to it, learning new skills in a practical environment and helping the charity too.
“We are all delighted with the finished Sensory Cabin and wish it a long and busy future with the children of the Maypole Project.”