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North East Disabled Children get Sensory Boost

sensory ‘Tyne Tunnel’

Pupils at a Newcastle special school are enjoying playing and learning in a brand new, bespoke sensory ‘Tyne Tunnel’ donated by ourselves at TT2.

As part of lessons and playtime, children aged three to 16 at Northern Counties School in Jesmond are exploring the installation which has been specially designed to improve their visual, auditory and tactile processing, as well as their fine and gross motor skills. This calming sensory environment also offers a place for learners to retreat during times of distress or dysregulation.

The replica Tyne Tunnel is situated in the playground at the school and is already having a positive impact on the children who get very excited to visit it.

Andrew McGreevy, Director of Business Development at The Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “We are over the moon with our new facility. It makes a world of difference for our children by providing an opportunity to discover and embrace different textures, colours and sounds in a safe, fun environment, outdoors in the fresh air.

“I want to express a heartfelt thank you to TT2 – this equipment is going to bring a lot of joy and learnings for generations to come.”

The Percy Hedley Foundation is the largest education and care provider in the North East for people with physical or learning disabilities and employs 1,050 people across two primary schools, a college, four residential homes, and an adult learning service.

Our Chief Operating Officer at TT2, Shaun Simmons, said: “When we heard we could play a part in supporting children to learn and develop we were delighted to help. It has been enjoyable working with the Foundation to bring the tunnel to life.”

We look forward to continuing to support the local community via our community donations programme.

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