POORLY North East children can enjoy fun-filled rehab exercises thanks to Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade.
New 3D immersive rehabilitation technology has been installed at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle as a world-first following a mammoth fund-raising effort by Sanderson Arcade staff and customers, as well as the centre’s owner Dransfield Properties.
A total of £30,500 was raised by the team last year, enabling children to interact with 3D digital characters and copy their actions to make physiotherapy and other rehabilitation exercises fun.
Hospital Team Leader for Paediatric Physiotherapy Victoria Mitchinson said: “The equipment is used to motivate and enhance rehabilitation by adding more fun and interaction to current therapy programmes. It really adds another dimension to our treatment programmes.
“The equipment will be used with children and young adults ranging from three to 18 years old. The wide range of interactive exercises and programmes that it offers means that every child will benefit, irrespective of their mobility, functional or cognitive level.”
One of those to use the kit is 12-year-old Skye Logan, who lost ability in most of her body after a bleed in her head in February. She was in intensive care for three weeks and even needed help to breathe, but now she can use the 3D equipment to draw circles with glitter and practice standing to strengthen her muscles.
Her mum Debbie said: “Skye has made incredible progress in only eight weeks. She is a little star and has always been enthusiastic about working with the nurses, physios and occupational therapists.
“Equipment like this is fantastic and makes the sessions a lot more fun for children.”
Skye demonstrated the equipment during a visit to the hospital by Dransfield Properties staff Amanda Holmes and Charlotte Gahegan and Sanderson Arcade Manager Medi Parry.
Mrs Holmes said: “When we heard about The Children’s Foundation and the work it does to help children in the North East we were determined to raise enough money to buy the equipment.
“To see it working like this is absolutely incredible — it’s truly groundbreaking stuff.”
The equipment has been developed by Teesside-based Amazing Interactives.