Fresh appeal for play area

A FUNDRAISING appeal to revamp a play area that helps children with neurodevelopmental conditions has been launched.

The effort, by the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity, hopes to raise £75,000 for new playground equipment at Poole Hospital’s child development centre (CDC).
The centre, used by more than 2,000 children each year with neurodevelopmental conditions, offers a multi-professional approach to the assessment and treatment of pre-school children with a variety of developmental needs in Poole, Bournemouth and beyond.

The team there offers a family-focused service that provides a safe and child-friendly environment and developmental play specialists who work with families to plan and deliver care that will enable their children to fulfil their potential. The centre also hosts school-aged clinics for children with possible neurodevelopmental conditions including cerebral palsy, down syndrome, learning disability and sensory integration difficulties.
Caroline Fawcett, lead health play specialist at University Hospitals Dorset, said: “The replacement of this equipment will make a huge difference to the children who access the facility for diagnosis, therapy, assessment and play.”

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