Kettering charity wants to light up lives of youngsters

Illuminated Charity: Kettering: new charity Illuminated set up by teacher to provide a mobile sensory unit for adults and children with special needs. l-r  Mac Walton, 17, Sam Walton, 20, and Sandie Kniarzyk ''Saturday 7th February 2015 NNL-150702-123053009
Illuminated Charity: Kettering: new charity Illuminated set up by teacher to provide a mobile sensory unit for adults and children with special needs. l-r Mac Walton, 17, Sam Walton, 20, and Sandie Kniarzyk ''Saturday 7th February 2015 NNL-150702-123053009
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A new charity with a unique purpose is hoping to light up the lives of people young and old by raising money to buy a mobile sensory unit.

Illuminated has been set up by Sandie Kniarzyk, Sam Walton and James Sygrove with help from a small group of others.

The small team is aiming to raise £61,000 which they will use to buy a mobile sensory unit which can visit places like hospitals, nursing homes and places which help disabled children.

Sandie said: “Some places, like special needs schools for example, already have sensory rooms but when the schools are closed during the holidays, or if they don’t have one at all, then people can’t access them.

“Sensory rooms are useful for people with autism, or some mental disabilities.

“They are not just recreational, it is a recognised therapy technique that has worked wonders with people from all walks of life.”

Sensory rooms surround the users with lights and calming sounds.

Illuminated is organising two events, a parachute jump on May 16 at Sibson Airfield and a celebrity charity evening at the Rockingham Forest Hotel in August, which will feature entertainment, refreshments and fundraising.

Sandie added: “There are many ways you can help us at Illuminated.

“We are looking for auction or raffle prizes, sponsorship for the skydive and we also have collection buckets that you may be willing to display for Illuminated. We are grateful for any support you can give us which will help us reach our £61,000 goal.”

For more information about the skydive, or to make a donation, either call the charity on 07521 717389 or email illuminatedsensorycare@
yahoo.co.uk.