Young people and teenagers with life-limiting conditions are to benefit from a new hi-tech room at a local hospice.
Clifford-based Martin House officially opened The Den, a facility packed with a system based around a large projection screen where movies from a centralised server, Sky television or games consoles can be viewed.
The room has been designed to be a versatile space, the projection screen is motorised and can be raised up while not in use, leaving a great space to relax.
Using the state-of-the-art lighting system the children and young adults can adjust the colour of the entire room to suit their own preference.
Alternatively a disco mode can be selected; the room lights and illuminated dance floor will kick into life to create a real disco effect while enjoying the music.
The facilities will provide a much needed distraction for both families and the children who stay there, many of whom would otherwise not be able to benefit from such activities.
NHS England supported the project through their Capital Grant Programme for improving hospices with a substantial grant of £223,000 towards the hospice Den and also our bedroom refurbishment.
The fundraising team at Martin House have also secured significant donations from Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust, Variety, Jimbo’s Fund, Simply Health and Towers Watson, Leeds.
Clever Association, based in Knaresborough, has been directly involved with Martin House installing the cinema and disco system within The Den area at the hospice and has managed to get most of the equipment, with an installed value of about £115,000, either donated or heavily discounted by manufacturers and trade suppliers, all of whom have been keen to help out where possible.
Those companies who have helped include AMX, Bowers & Wilkins, CYP, Habitech, Kaleidescape, Lutron and RGB Communications.
The hospice themselves are delighted with both the project and support.
Chief Executive Angela Monaghan said: “We are delighted to have the support of all of our funders who have helped to bring the project to fruition and make our Den a fantastic high-tech space that can be enjoyed by the children and young people who come to Martin House.
“We really do appreciate the support of everyone who has contributed and helped to make this project a reality. Thank you.”
Martin House needs £5million a year of donations to meet running costs of providing care for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.
This will be one of the facilities that people can see for themselves during the annual open day.
The hospice, based at Grove Road, will open its doors and host activities on October 5, during its 27th year since opening.