‘Place of Calm’ for Wharfedale House residents, funded by local Lions Club

4 March 2016

Disabled residents at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Wharfedale House service in Wetherby, West Yorkshire were thrilled to receive a cheque on Wednesday for £5,000 from their local Lions Club, as part of a fundraising push to build a new sensory room.

The Wetherby District Lions Club, celebrating their 50th year of service in the community, have raised money for the local community through a variety of local fundraising initiatives.  

Activities have included the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, and they chose to support Wharfedale House — which supports people with a range of disabilities.

Wharfedale House’s volunteer co-ordinator, Maureen Asquith, said:

‘We are so excited to receive the Lions support. Disabled residents can often have depression, so a sensory room will be a place they can escape to. Or for others, just a place of calm.’

She said the sensory room, which will cost around £14,000 will have accessible areas for playing and learning, and will include a specialist wall and touch floor (a sensory light panel). 

To raise the final £7,000, the service is planning a range of fundraising events including a black tie ball at The Bridge Inn, Wetherby on 8 July 2016.

All proceeds will go to the service to complete the sensory room and provide funds for a weekly therapist to offer massage therapy within the room.

Stewart Reid, Chair of the Lions Welfare Committee, said:  

‘We are delighted to make this large donation to Wharfedale House which is bedded in the local community.  

‘We have a long association with Leonard Cheshire Disability and were excited about the sensory project and the way the staff are raising money to make it happen.’

To purchase tickets for the ball or help fundraise please email Noelia Asquith, activities co-ordinator at Wharfedale House, or call 01937 585667.

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