After months of hard work, fundraising and planning, Monday, September 27, 2021 marked the official opening of bibic’s new therapy building.
The demand for bibic’s services has increased hugely over the last two years and the charity, which delivers therapeutic programmes to children and young adults aged six months to 25 years with developmental and neurological difficulties, urgently needed more rooms to carry out assessments and more space for families and children.
The charity now has a new and improved sensory room, a large family area and new therapy rooms, including a complex needs room, as well as plenty of new toys and facilities.
Staff, supporters and friends held a small event to mark the official opening and to thank everyone for their generous support.
They were joined by Nicholas German and his team at db Paul, who carried out the survey, prepared designs and completed the specification of works. db Paul worked as the contract administrator with Geoff Barratt and his team at Barratt and Canniford Ltd to complete the therapy floor designs.
The bibic team was also joined by Paul and Emily Brett as representatives from the Brett family, who made a significant donation towards the new family room. This also allowed the charity to buy new furniture for the seating areas for families, new toys and other furnishings to make the family room feel as inclusive and inviting as possible.
Sophy Layzell and Karin Cumming from the Jemima Layzell Trust also attended the event after their generous support helped bibic secure new sensory equipment, including a new bubble tube, sound and infinity board, fibrotic lights, sequin board, water spinner and much more.
At the event, there were speeches from the Chair of Trustees, Laura Voyle, and Managing Director, Pip Buckley. The centre was officially opened by one of bibic’s families – with the ribbon-cutting performed by 10-year-old Florence.
A spokesman for bibic said: “Thank you to all who made this amazing project possible. With generosity and belief in bibic’s mission, we have managed to create a new area which will allow us to see more families and continue to change lives.
“Visitors are more than welcome to come and take a look – just give us a call on 01458 253344 beforehand.”