A late-night Stourbridge bar has helped children with complex learning needs to develop their skills thanks to a £3,325 donation.
Chicago’s made the presentation to Sunfield Children’s Home, Clent, a residential special school and charity, to buy speech and language and occupational therapy equipment.
Jamie Whittingham, general manager of the Rye Market venue, said: “The donation is from our company’s Echo Trust charity to give something back to our local community. We hold regular collections at the bar and our customers are always generous. We nominated Sunfield to benefit because we were very impressed with its work when we visited the school.”
Georgina Forrest, Sunfield’s Partnership Development Manager, said: “We are so grateful for Chicago’s and the Echo Trust’s support; it will make a direct difference to our students and young people who live and learn at Sunfield. We can now purchase much needed Speech and Language Therapy communication devices, giving our non-verbal and pre-verbal students a voice, as well as a range of sensory resources to be used in Occupational Therapy sessions, so that our students can do the things that are most important to them, like leisure activities and day-to-day self-care.”
Sunfield provides care and education for boys and girls aged six to 19 who have complex needs, including autism.
Chicago’s is part of The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of late night bars and clubs, which employs 3000 people across its 59 venues.
Since 2002 when Deltic set up the Echo Trust it has raised more than £2.5 million to grant awards to local children’s charities.