Cherry Trees Charity New Sensory Room

New Sensory Room opening at Cherry Trees charity

Here at the Duke of Cambridge we are proudly partnered with local charity Cherry Trees and organise fundraising activities to help raise awareness and much needed funds for this great cause.

Cherry Trees are a wonderful charity who provide respite care for children and young people with severe disabilities such as learning, physical or sensory impairment. Their belief is that every child has the right to enjoy a normal and good quality of life. It is a unique and brilliant place for children to express themselves in a relaxed environment. The charity has been running for over 40 years, growing in capacity and ability to provide care to those in need.CT3-1024x768On Friday 15th July, team members from our sister pub, The Queens Head, were invited along to the opening ceremony of their new Sensory Room. It was a brilliant occasion and even the weather turned up in celebration on this fantastic new experiential feature. After a heart felt speech from Claire Bryant – Chief Operating Officer of Cherry trees, the Mayer of Guildford, Mr. Gordon Jackson and his wife cut the ribbon and officially opened the new sensory room.

Inside the building the space has been beautifully designed with activities to excite all the senses, from colorful rooms filled with comfortable seating and cushions to lay, to interactive floor projections where one can actively set off firework displays and more. In other rooms, the children can enjoy holistic therapies which aid in calming the body and mind. At the opening you could enjoy a complimentary taster massage as you walked through the building. For the children, these therapies are a great way of recuperating and resting after seizures and help to relax tense muscles.Cherry TreesThe art room was designed to engage creativity and imagination; the walls have been decorated with thanks to Porta Romana, local design agency, and is a place where mess can be made and where the children can express themselves through painting, drawing and other crafts. This room opens onto the garden which has a brilliant play area with swings, slides and tunnels.

Local gem, Bilbo Baggins, the local PAT dog (pictured below), attended the day and is a loved member of the local community, he even shook hands with some of the Queens Head staff!Cherry treesThe sensory room project has been the outcome of a £110,000 fundraising appeal by the Cherry Trees team, made possible from the generous donations of the local community. The children were enjoying the new equipment and activity rooms which have given them more opportunity to live a good quality and unrestricted life with their peers.

“This project has provided an absolutely amazing facility for our children and families…having sensory equipment is essential to help them make sense of the world, help them to communicate, regulate their senses, make independent choices and also relax” – Claire BryantCherry-trees-openingWe are proud to raise money for such a great cause and donate 20p from every pint of our Red Mist ale purchased by you. To see the results of their hard work is really great. The children and families of those in care at Cherry Trees will really benefit from the new rooms available and we will continue to fund raise for them for years to come. This year we raised £7000 from Cherry Fest and intend of surpassing this figure next year!

To find out more about Cherry Trees, please visit their website here.