A MAJOR project to completely transform a vital hydrotherapy pool and turn it into a magical multi-sensory base for children with life -limiting and life-threatening conditions has officially begun.
The hydrotherapy pool at Acorns Children’s Hospice for the Three Counties, which received the royal seal of approval after it opened in 2005, is being given the six-figure upgrade to totally renovate the important lifeline.
Alongside a brand new pool and changing rooms, a sparkling hi-tech lighting system and ambient surround sound speakers will enhance hydrotherapy sessions, which are an essential service provided by the Worcester-based hospice.
The improvements have been made possible thanks to a £205,297 grant from the Kildare Trust and will benefit around 230 children who receive care at the Bath Road hospice every year.
Becky Hughes, matron at Acorns for the Three Counties, said:
“This exciting project will completely transform what is such an important space for children and families. Hydrotherapy actively reduces pain and gives children at Acorns a sense of movement that they wouldn’t otherwise enjoy without the freedom that water allows.
“Our hydrotherapy pool is so well loved and used by families who rely on our lifeline care and support. Not only does it enable us to provide vital hydrotherapy sessions but also allows us to offer family splashes, giving them precious time together to provide magical memories which wouldn’t be possible for a child with complex care needs in a public pool.
“The incredible project would not be possible without the generous support of the Kildare Trust.
“Words can’t explain how grateful we are. The impact will be felt for years to come, and will touch the lives of hundreds of families.”