As the charity that supports Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), in addition to Northampton General Hospital, we have been asked to raise funds to provide a multisensory room on The Burrows at Berrywood Hospital, supporting children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The room will be used in numerous ways, able to be adapted to a patient’s individual needs and requirements at the time. This invaluable new area will accommodate and enhance therapies, activities and sessions.

This will be somewhere that service-users can develop skills to promote self-management of distress and anxiety. They will also be able to build coping skills that can be used in the long-term following discharge. The calming coping strategies they learn can be taken home and the processes shared with family, to further help them.

The Burrows supports young people aged between 13 and 18 with a range of complex mental health conditions. Offering bed stays lasting on average 14 to 24 weeks, staff use therapies supported by a multi-disciplinary team who provide a range of interventions.

In some cases where appropriate, the room will allow families to get involved during visits too, being able to show them first-hand the kind of calming environment and therapeutic activities that will aid in the management of, and recovery from, certain conditions.

Unfortunately, supplying this type of room falls outside of what the NHS provides so we would like to raise funds in order for staff to provide this wonderful above and beyond initiative to the young people across Northamptonshire who require a stay with them. You can get involved by making a donation or we can offer support with your fundraising.

Contact the charity t: 01604 626927, e: greenheart@nhcf.co.uk,

w: www.nhcfgreenheart.co.uk.