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Mustard Opens New Facility For Young Disabled People

Durham's Phil Mustard and head teacher Chris Rollings unveil the BT Multi-Sensory room at Hadrian School
Durham's Phil Mustard and head teacher Chris Rollings unveil the BT Multi-Sensory room at Hadrian School
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Earlier this week, Durham wicket-keeper Phil Mustard opened a BT-funded multi-sensory room for young people with physical and learning disabilities at Hadrian School in Newcastle.

The school is the 17th to benefit from the partnership between BT and the Lord's Taverners and will help to improve the lives of more than 18,000 youngsters in the UK.

Hadrian School looks after 123 children aged between two and 11 with special educational needs including profound multiple and complex difficulties, behavioural and emotional disorders, severe learning disabilities and physical disabilities.

The school is also open to other local children and adults providing community access to a vital facility for disabled people.

What are multi-sensory rooms?

Multi-sensory rooms feature a relaxing and stimulating range of lights, sounds and textures which help children with physical and learning disabilities to engage in a learning environment suiting their educational needs.

These rooms can dramatically benefit children with sensory impairment and help enhance development of senses such as hearing, sight, smell and touch.

The partnership between BT and the Lord's Taverners will see at least 26 schools benefit from installations of multi-sensory rooms in the UK.

"The Lord’s Taverners has supported grassroots cricket for over 60 years so it’s great that Durham Cricket can do our bit to help the charity and give a bit back to the community," Mustard said.

"The sensory room is an incredible facility that will help hundreds of young people with disabilities here in Newcastle and I am proud to be part of this special day."

Suzi Williams, BT Group Marketing and Brand director, said: "We want to use the power of communications to make a better world, and the sensory room at the Hadrian School is a brilliant example of how technology can create possibilities and improve lives."

Jamie Graham, Regional Chairman of the Northumberland & Durham Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners is committed to giving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with disabilities the chance to enjoy sport and recreational opportunities.

"Today is a shining example of how the charity’s national partnership with BT helps improve lives right at the heart of communities across the country."

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