INCHCAPE UK’s Toyota retail centre in Derby has donated £1,800 to help a charity buy new equipment and redecorate its sensory room.
Umbrella Derby provides stimulating activities for children and young people with special needs. Its sensory room is extremely popular with the children and young adults but needed a makeover and new equipment as it was used so much.
The donation to support the refurbishment was presented to Umbrella as part of the Toyota Fund For A Better Tomorrow – a nationwide programme of grants that Toyota retail centres can bid for to support charities, schools and community projects in their area.
As well as the donation, team members from the Toyota retail centre at Pride Park also gave up their time to help redecorate the room.
Toyota Derby new car sales manager Daniel Rees, who co-ordinated the donation and led the team in volunteering, said: ‘The sensory room is such a valuable part of the fantastic services and support which Umbrella provides. It is used to stimulate the children and get them reacting to different circumstances.
‘We’re delighted to be able to support the charity in its ongoing fundraising campaign to refurbish the room, ensuring it can be used by many more children and young people in the future.’
Ann Rowlands, chief executive of the charity, said: ‘Many of our children and young people really benefit from the peaceful atmosphere of the sensory room, and as the specialist equipment is so expensive we are reliant on donations such as this to help us provide this valuable aspect of our service.’
Pictured from left are Umbrella lead independent support worker for education, health and care plans Joanna Heeley, Govinder Shergill from Inchcape Toyota Derby’s sales department, Daniel Rees, Inchcape Toyota Derby new car business manager James Cooper and Umbrella general manager Kristin Clark