New equipment for Child Development Centre thanks to Yorkshire Building Society
The team at the Skipton branch of the Yorkshire Building Society brought a smile to the face of one young patient today as he tried out a new standing frame, one of 2 pieces of equipment funded by Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for the Child Development Centre at Airedale Hospital.
The Charitable Foundation donation bought a standing frame which includes a table section for toys which means children can play as they are being supported to stand. They also bought a height adjustable therapy bench to help children develop their balance.
Standing frames can have a very positive impact on children with mobility problems, helping them stand upright at intervals throughout the day to improve their bone and muscle strength and circulation.
Jacob Roadnight, from Bingley who is 2 in January, is registered blind and has global development delay which gives him mobility issues.
Mum Stacey says:
“With the standard frame he has at home, he has nothing to play against because there is no table so he gets bored when he’s standing. So if he has this one then he’s got somewhere he can play independently for a lot longer and also it’s at the right height so Phoebe can play with him. That’s the problem we find, because Jacob can’t stand or sit independently he spends most of his time on his front so they can’t play together. So this gives them the opportunity to do that. So now we’ve tried this one at the centre we can get one at home. It means he can stand for about an hour whereas at the moment we only get about 20 minutes and then he’s fed up. “
Bridget Thompson, Principal Paediatric Physiotherapist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust was visiting her local branch of Yorkshire Building Society and was asked if she knew any local charities that needed help. She immediately thought of where she worked, at the Child Development Centre.
“We are extremely grateful to Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation as these 2 pieces of equipment cost over £1400, and we need this sort of equipment on a regular basis. We use it to assess the children so that they can then go to Bradford Airedale and Community Equipment Store and loan it for their own home. We need to assess to make sure it’s right for them and so if we have some stock ourselves we can test it with the children and get the right equipment for that child.”
Harriet Dewhirst from Yorkshire Building Society says:
“Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is funded by our members through the ‘Small Change Big Difference’ scheme where they can choose to donate the pennies from the interest on their account to support charities in their community. We are very pleased to be supporting Airedale Hospital and helping children like Jacob. It’s very important that as a mutual society we support local causes in our community. All the applications that come through start as pieces of paper but it’s is lovely to be here today and see it in practice and how it changes people’s lives.”
Harriet adds: “As a building society we want to be giving back; without applications like Bridget’s we don’t know what needs to be done out there so we encourage people to put their application in and ask us to help.”