Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Hannah is tickled pink by new room

Nine-year-old Bangor girl Hannah Shannon is in the pink after her bedroom got a special make-over from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Hannah, who is living with a degenerative condition, has received a specially designed ‘sensory bedroom’.

Hannah has Sanfilippo’s Syndrome, which causes progressive damage to the body and affects both physical and mental abilities. Although Hannah was fully mobile when she was younger her condition means that she now has to use a wheelchair.

The new room was designed to give Hannah the opportunity to interact with her surroundings — something that her condition has made more difficult. The room features a touch-sensitive LCD wall, which responds to Hannah’s touch with a dazzling display of light and colour.

Steven, Hannah’s dad, says: “The sensory room provides Hannah with a really peaceful and relaxing environment — even her sisters love using it! It is wonderful to have something that helps Hannah to engage with her surroundings — we are very grateful.”

There are currently 20,000 young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening illness and by 2012 Make-A-Wish is aiming to grant at least 1,000 wishes per year. It needs to raise £5.5m in 2011 to achieve this.

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