A funding appeal has been launched to build a sensory room for children with disabilities at a facility in Cramlington.
Diane Hudson and Louise Metcalfe, along with their cohort of supporters, are aiming to raise £30,000 in aid of the Seb & Olivia’s Den scheme.
These two children used to attend, and they really enjoyed, Active Northumberland’s Ability 2 Play Freestyle sessions at Northburn Sports and Community Centre.
Staff and users of the centre instigated the appeal in memory of Seb, who died suddenly in his sleep last year.
Olivia was diagnosed with leukaemia on Christmas Eve 2015 and spent the Christmas period and her second birthday at the RVI in Newcastle.
In February, she died peacefully.
Louise, Seb’s mum, said: “I was really touched that the staff and users of Ability 2 Play wanted to create a sensory room in memory of Seb and after Olivia passed away, we decided that it would become Seb & Olivia’s Den.
“The sensory room will help to keep their memory alive for a long time to come and will provide invaluable support for children with additional needs.”
About £10,000 has been raised so far through donations and a range of events, including a fun day, a car wash, online auctions, football tournaments and pamper nights.
More activities are planned, but the team are also looking for further support and ideas from people and businesses that would like to get involved.
Diane, Olivia’s mum, said: “People have been so kind and generous with their time and talents – it’s humbling to see how much help and support we’ve had and we’re very grateful to everyone who has got involved.
“We could never have got this far without the kindness and generosity of local people and businesses and we are now looking to organise further activities and events to reach our £30,000 target.”
The next event will take place this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at Newcastle Racecourse. North East Truckers will be carrying out a fund-raising truck show.
A teddy bear’s picnic has also been organised. It will be held at Northburn Sports and Community Centre on Wednesday, August 17, from 2pm to 4pm.
For more details about the scheme and the events, call Amy Foggett of Active Northumberland on 01670 714154.
You can also visit its Facebook page – www.facebook.com/groups/466541480218725 or follow it on Twitter – @SebOlivias.