DURING 2020 The Chaseley Trust had planned to raise funds to create a Sensory Room for its residents.

But due to Coronavirus all fundraising events throughout the year were cancelled and so the plans were put on hold, until now.

Whilst Chaseley feel that it is still not possible to host a fundraising event safely, they have launched a virtual campaign to raise the funds needed, especially as a Sensory Room is another way for them to support resident well-being at this current time.

Fundraising Manager Jodie Cornford said: “As we are entering the second-wave there is potential for our residents to experience an increase in their stress and anxiety levels, and having a Sensory Room with specialised equipment, beanbags on the floor, interactive stimuli such as lights and music would be very therapeutic and offer our residents another way to relax.

“We have been very lucky here at Chaseley to have ensured our residents have remained COVID-19 free, but naturally minimised and controlled, non-physical contact with loved ones really does have an impact, especially after 7 months, so this appeal will really benefit all our residents.”

The Sensory Room will help to further develop residents’ functional performances as part of their care programmes and enable them to improve their independence using multi-sensory inputs to explore and positively challenge their abilities.

The needs of Chaseley residents vary tremendously, depending on the exact nature and severity of their individual injury.

Neurological disabilities can be very debilitating and have extensive implications on a person’s life and individual identity, affecting physical ability, memory, learning, self-awareness and overall functioning.

Motor coordination, lack of flexibility and balance deficits, headaches, vision loss, speech impairment and sensory changes are some of the complex disabilities that their residents need support with.

Some key benefits of a Sensory Room include:

· Enhancing an individual’s feelings of comfort and well-being

· Relieving stress and pain

· Increasing attention to their surroundings

· Improving communication and memory

· Creating positive mood and behavioural changes

If you feel you could support Chaseley at this time and donate towards their Sensory Room appeal, then please visit virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Chaseleysensoryroom.

Further information is available on the Chaseley Trust website and if you would like to host your own fundraiser for this appeal, such as a cake sale or a sponsored walk/run please contact Jodie on fundraising@chaseleytrust.org