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Demelza children given gift of sound

PUBLISHED: 11:26 09 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 09 March 2015

Bexley College sound box donation

Bexley College sound box donation

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Bexley College students donate special equipment to hospice

CHILDREN cared for by Demelza Hospice Care for Children have received a boost from four students at Bexley College.

Young people enrolled on the college’s bench joinery course created three sound boxes, which help bring the sensation of sound to children especially deaf youngsters by resonating sound through whichever part of the body is in contact with the box.

The students presented the sound boxes to hospice representative Claire Rogers and received a handmade card in thanks from children at the hospice.

Melanie Woodfine, one of the four student joiners, said: “We all thoroughly enjoyed making these and are thrilled that they will benefit the children of Demelza.” David Spiceley, carpentry instructor at Bexley College, who gave thorough guidance throughout the project added, “This was an interesting task, something outside the realms of the usual curriculum yet relevant to the joinery course.

“Students took it to heart and produced some extremely high quality items which we hope will be enjoyed at the Hospice for years to come.”

Claire Rogers, Demelza community fundraiser, was treated to a short demonstration prior to the presentation of the sound boxes by Ross Broadbridge, another of the Bexley College students involved with the production whose interest lies in music and has an ambition to become a lutherie.

Speaking after the presentation of the new equipment, she said: “We are so grateful to the students and staff at Bexley College for giving up so much of their time to help our children and families.

“These items really will make such a life-changing difference and help our families and children to ‘add life to days when days cannot be added to life’.”

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