Big support for sensory room appeal

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A funding appeal to build a sensory room for children with disabilities at a facility in Cramlington has reached a significant milestone.

A total of £20,000 has been raised for Seb & Olivia’s Den. It will be created at Northburn Sports and Community Centre in memory of two special children (Seb died suddenly in his sleep last year and Olivia lost her battle with leukaemia in February) who used to attend Active Northumberland’s play sessions at the venue.

Some of the children who attended the North East Truckers event that raised more than �6,000 for the Seb & Olivias Den appeal.

Some of the children who attended the North East Truckers event that raised more than �6,000 for the Seb & Olivias Den appeal.

Louise Metcalfe, Seb’s mum, and Diane Hudson, Olivia’s mum, came together formally in April to create a committee. They said they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the support from the staff and users of Northburn and the local community.

Diane added: “Now we have reached this amazing milestone of £20,000 our vision is becoming a reality.

“However, we are still looking for further support and ideas from local people and businesses who can help us to raise a further £10,000.”

The fund-raising events so far include a North East Truckers show that alone raised £6,350, a family fun day, a car wash, a teddy bearrs’ picnic and football tournaments.

To get involved or make a donation, call Amy Foggett of Active Northumberland on 01670 714154.