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Autism East Midlands is delighted to announce that the Lord’s Taverners has donated £25,000 towards the purchase of a bespoke sensory room from Experia, for use in their Sutherland House School, Bath Street, Nottingham.

Having recently moved into purpose-developed premises in Nottingham city centre, the grant will enable Sutherland House School to develop two small sensory rooms and have a further portable unit to support curriculum delivery in imaginative and interactive ways throughout the school. The first room will be Experia’s exclusive MiLE a Multisensory Interactive Learning Environment with projected images, music, sounds, fibre optics and a bubble tube. The second will be a space for sensory integration support that focuses on children’s movement, balance and coordination.

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Louise Pennington, Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader stated:

“We are very grateful to Lord’s Taverners for this opportunity to create such exciting and much needed resources for our school. Sensory processing difficulties in autism can affect many aspects of learning and development. The Lord’s Taverners donation has allowed us to create fabulous interactive spaces that will make a huge difference to how we support students to access their physical, academic and social curriculum. Many of our students express how much they enjoy sensory activities and how much they would like to do more of this at school; The Lord’s Taverners have made this possible! Thank you!”

Nick Priestley, Sales and Business Development Manager at Experia enthused, “We are so pleased and proud to be partnered with Lord’s Taverners Children’s Charity as official sensory equipment supplier. Since December 2010 we have passionately enjoyed designing, manufacturing and installing over 100 incredibly exciting and unique sensory solutions. The two amazing rooms at Sutherland House School are a fantastic example of how innovative wireless sensory technology can really help and enhance the provision of student support with life-changing benefits.”

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, added: “The Lord’s Taverners is dedicated to giving young people a sporting chance so we are delighted to work with Experia and help thousands of people throughout the UK gain access to these vital facilities. As well as the obvious benefits to the pupils this new sensory room will benefit the teachers, carers and families of the pupils at Sutherland House School.”

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

Every year, the Lord’s Taverners donates over £3 million to help young people of all abilities and backgrounds participate in sporting activities. In 2015 alone the Lord’s Taverners provided 9.4 million sporting chances for disadvantaged and disabled young people across all of its charitable programmes.

The Lord’s Taverners benefits hugely from the support of its highly regarded members, many of them drawn from the world of sport and entertainment. The list includes Sir Michael Parkinson, Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Greg James, Miles Jupp, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Jonathan Agnew and Mike Gatting.