Sensory Room Boost for Sick Youngster


A sick Bilston toddler is enjoying a brand new sensory room, thanks in part to the talents of students from City of Wolverhampton College.

Lee Stokes, aged 3, who suffers from severe epilepsy and has been given just a two year life expectancy, had a shed converted in his back garden to give him a calming environment in which to relax.

After Promise Dreams supplied the equipment, which include bubble tubes, soft furnishings and a light projector, grandmother Jane got in contact with the college to see if students could provide the finishing touches.

Lecturer Julie Edwards said: “The Art students jumped at the chance to help out Lee and his family. It was a great opportunity for them to be involved in a live project working for specific clients, and see a commission through from design right through to the painting of the mural.”

A total of seven Foundation Art and Design students have spent a week painting the colourful underwater scene which features Lee himself, colourful shoals of fish, turtles, a shipwreck  and a mermaid.

Mum Michelle McDonnell said: “The mural is beautiful and makes the room so calm. Lee interacts with colour so it is just perfect for him and he is going to love it.

“Lee can have seizures up to seven times a day and is in and out of hospital all the time as he suffers a lot from chest infections. We want to make things as happy and easy for him as we can, but there was no room for him to relax in the house. Now he has his own space where he can escape from everything. It will make a huge difference to Lee and I am so grateful to everyone involved.”

City of Wolverhampton College offers a range of courses for people living in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Walsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Bridgnorth, Sandwell and the wider West Midlands area. These include short, evening courses, both part-time and full-time qualifications, A Levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, university level courses and foundation degrees and courses for the unemployed.

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