Mick & Sheila White Donate to Support Child Development
The Child Development Centre (CDC) at Northampton General Hospital has received £2,755.72 in funding support from Northamptonshire Community Foundation through the Mick & Sheila White Fund.
Mick & Sheila White are long-standing fund holders with the Community Foundation, traditionally donating to support individuals and groups that excel in sport. However, the CDC is something they have both identified as a much needed service in the town.
Mick White said: “We initially heard about the need for updated, specialised toys through some friends Jonathan and Louise Martin who visited the department with their son Michael. We were only too glad to help; we are not the people who do the hard work.” He added: “Seeing the CDC at work first hand has really opened our eyes to the fantastic work they carry out with the children. In fact, it gave us both the ‘wow’ factor.”
The funding has enabled the CDC to purchase a variety of sensory equipment to benefit children aged 0-4 who are in the assessment process for a range of developmental difficulties. The equipment, which includes bubble tubes, ‘light up’ toys and a wooden activity centre, will enable children to engage, learn and develop through play.
Bridget Mold, Lead Nurse at the CDC, said: “The staff of the Child Development Centre are incredibly grateful to Northamptonshire Community Foundation and the Mick & Sheila White Fund for this grant which has enabled us to revitalise equipment and enhance the assessment process for children with a range of developmental difficulties. Many of these items are already in use and proving very popular with the children who visit us.”
Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading independent grant-making charity in the county, working with fund holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need.