A project to provide a gym adapted for children with disabilities has received a big boost from Cameron Homes.
The children of Queens Croft Community Special School in Lichfield came up with the idea for the outdoor gym – the first of its kind in the region – which will benefit 11-19 year olds from the Cannock, Burntwood, Lichfield, Tamworth and surrounding areas.
Cameron Homes have stepped in to donate a £1,000 cheque, as well as a £100 voucher as a raffle prize.
“We are very grateful to Cameron for their generous donation,” said Mrs Ashley Hall of the Birmingham Road school, which caters for 187 children and young adults with a range of needs, including severe learning difficulties, rare medical conditions or behavioural issues.
“All of the children need physiotherapy and yet it is not easily available to them. Low muscle tone and loose ligaments restrict body movement, posture and muscle co-ordination, causing activity limitations and difficulties in control.
“This new gym will be the start of ‘boot camp’ style physiotherapy and tailor-made dance and fitness classes for the children and hopefully parents and carers as well.
“The new equipment has been carefully chosen to ensure that every user, whatever their ability, can access it all as at the moment there is no mainstream club or gym they can attend so it will help them to grow confidence and self-worth as they want to be fit and healthy.
“Our pupils came up with the idea for this project as they are aware of the benefits of regular exercise and they are now so very excited that their dream is becoming a reality - there is not another facility like this in the West Midlands or Staffordshire.”
Mrs Hall said that the success of the project would be carefully monitored and it would be open to other members of the community with disabilities at weekends and evenings.
Danielle Goffe-Wood of Cameron Homes, which builds developments throughout the region, said that the firm was happy to step in to help.
“We look forward to visiting the new facility when it is completed later this year and seeing for ourselves the difference it makes to the young people’s lives,” she commented.