Sensory toy donation to Haven House Children’s Hospice

sparkleThe Hackett Foundation is pleased to be able to donate a Sparkle Flex Harness to the Haven House Children’s Hospice. Haven House’s Jan Cunningham said:

“Our children have severe disabilities and sensory toys can open up a new world to them… be it bright lights, vibrating massage toys or sensory fibre optic equipment. Sensory fibre optic equipment offers a safe way to get light close to a child; as it is safe to touch and handle.

Having the right kind of sensory toys for our children is very important for their development. Sensory toys help them to gain a measure of control over their environment. They help them to work on their hand-to-eye co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills and social interaction.

I have seen this at first hand… a child with poor sight pulling the toy to their eye that has sight; a smile came over their face as well of that of the mother. The joy that these toys bring to families is priceless. Sensory toys can be very expensive and many families cannot afford the cost of them; so they really appreciate our Toy Home Loan Co-ordinators visiting and bringing these toys into their home for their children.

Sensory toys have a special place for our special children. They face many challenges and the toys that we loan out  go a long way toward assisting both the child and their loved ones… be it a parent or carer of the child; and when used in the home, these sensory toys can help to extend each child’s learning potential even more.”

As always, the Hackett Trust is happy to help where we can, and we welcome applications from similar institutions for donations.

New “Infinity tunnel” donated to Chelsea Children’s Hospital

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The Hackett foundation is delighted to present an interactive infinity light tunnel to the Chelsea Children’s Hospital to benefit children awaiting surgery. The light tunnel is an interactive wall panel which displays an optical illusion light show which is available for children and their families to enjoy before a hospital procedure.

The tunnel gives the illusion of looking into a long tunnel which sparks the imaginations of the young patients. The space will be available for patients before and after they have gone to Theatre and will help them relax and play. Relaxing environments have a big impact on the hospital experience for young patients and the calming effect of the lights in the padded area in which the panel has been will benefit children who may feel anxious.

The Hackett Foundation hopes that the children enjoy playing with the infinity tunnel and that it makes them feel more relaxed and happier.



Wriggle & Rhyme community storytelling group recieves Hackett Foundation donation

The Hackett Foundation recently donated more than £250 in the form of toys, musical instruments, puppets and other playthings to a South West London storytelling group run by a wonderful Early Years Literacy officer from the local library. The children and families that attend the Wriggle and Rhyme sessions come from diverse backgrounds. The session aim is to provide quality interactive, fun language and literacy groups that allow both children and mums/dads/carers to bond with children, link with others, gain some knowledge and understanding of early years literacy and of the importance of their role a their child’s primary and most consistent teacher and have a beneficial experience together. They aim to welcome and reflect the diversity of all in the area it serves and this includes children with physical, emotional and learning differences and/or disabilities. Referrals also come from various statutory and non statutory orgs such as children’s services, DV and alcohol/drug support services, SEN support workers, midwives and health visitors, Salvation Army etc for a range of differing reasons.

The sessions are lively and fun for all attendees and The Hackett Foundation is delighted to be able to provide toys and other items that we hope will be enjoyed by everyone that takes part.