Halton Borough Council’s Mayor has opened a ‘sensory room’ at a Widnes care home, after staff and relatives raised the funds including a seven mile hike from St Helen’s to Widnes rugby stadium (in fancy dress)

Staff at St Patrick’s spent £2,000  to completely redo the room into a professional sensory room that our residents will use on the daily basis.

The sensory room has massage chairs, projector, special colourful lights, artificial fish in the tanks, soft toys and pillows, sounds, and scent equipment.

The purpose of sensory rooms is to engage  residents senses( touch, smell, sight,etc) as well as help them to relax or calm down if they distressed by providing gentle stimulation in a controlled way.

Mayor Cllr Alan Lowe, said: “It was a wonderful effort from all concerned. The Mayoress and I were proud to open a room which will benefit so many people.”

Money raised on the day of the opening will go to MacMillan Cancer. https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk  It is par of The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer.

People host their own Coffee Mornings and donations made at the events can be given to the charity Last year the event made £29.5 million and the aim is to beat that amount this year.