Lions light the way for children at hospital unit

Brighouse and District Lions Club at the Child Development Unit, Calderdale Royal Hospital. Pictured with unit manager Linda Powell, Charlotte, Daniel and Isobelle Henbest.
Brighouse and District Lions Club at the Child Development Unit, Calderdale Royal Hospital. Pictured with unit manager Linda Powell, Charlotte, Daniel and Isobelle Henbest.

Brighouse and District Lions have made a bright donation that will benefit children with a range of disabilities in Calderdale.

The group handed over new fibre optic lights to the children development unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital after the Huddersfield Lions were approached by Charlotte Henbest to help with funding for a specialist chair here daughter Isobelle needed.

Doug Cornell, former president of the Brighouse Lions explained that even though there had been an overwhelming response which enabled the family to purchase the chair, members still wanted to do something for the unit.

“We approached the unit manager Linda Powell to see what other ways we could help.

“We didn’t want to just hand over money but wanted to see something the children could use.

“She said that they needed the fibre optic lights so we purchased them.

“A lot of work has gone into this and the funding is down to the generosity of the people of Brighouse and the surrounding areas so we wanted to put some of the money back into the community.”

The fibre optic lights will be installed into the sensory room at the unit and will help with sensory play and support of children with a range of disabilities and complex needs.

Linda Powell said: “These light are going to be bright and colourful which we have not had before so they now up to date.

“It is a wonderful gesture and will enable children to have a lot of fun.”

In October 2012, the Henbest family went on a fund raising mission to buy a specialist standing frame for Isobelle.

Doctors could not explain why she was not developing movement like other children.

Thanks to donations and fund raising events including dad Stuart and son Daniel scaling Scafell Pike, the family were able to buy the standing frame.

The aim is to help Isobelle’s muscles develop the strength to stand and eventually walk.

“She is improving and is managing to sit up on her own for a short period of time,” said mum Charlotte of Healey Wood Road, Rastrick.

“We want to say a massive thank you to Brighouse Lions for the support they have shown to Isobelle and the children unit.”

“Along with Isobelle, the children are going to benefit from the donation.

“She has already taken a liking to them and given her approval.

“The little plaque they have included will be something we can come back and look upon with pride.”