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AWE's Community Committee recently donated a cheque for £1,000 to a hospital centre which brings together specialist medics who help children overcome development problems or a complex illness.
The Dingley Specialist Children's Centre, attached to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, in Reading, provides a co-ordinated service for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with development delay and disability.
The Dingley Wish Fund was set up under the charitable umbrella of Reading and District Hospitals Charity to provide therapy and diagnostic equipment as well as purchasing other items for children to aid development.
The centre was nominated by AWE’s Debbie Pink, after it gave expert help and support to her young granddaughter, Isla Phillips.
Isla is now aged two, but was first referred to Dingley when she was six months old.
Debbie said: “W e have been grateful for the support and care she has received from Dr Sarah Hughes and her team. Immediate help came from the physiotherapy department which worked hard with us to help give her mobility, and she is into everything now! We are now working with the speech therapy department which is giving her the help she needs to be able to communicate.
“This is a wonderful centre which Isla enjoys attending from the moment she walks through the door and waves to her favourite receptionists. Sessions are always handled with patience and fun; and most importantly there is lots reassurance and support for us which in turn has given us confidence to help Isla at home.”
Lynn Taylor, from the Reading and District Hospitals Charity, said: “ We are delighted that the Dingley Wish Fund has been nominated and selected by AWE’s Community Committee to receive the generous donation of £1,000.
“The donation from AWE will enable the charity to purchase custom built tricycles for needy children.”
Michele Maidment, AWE Community Committee secretary, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to help the charity in this way, and being here it is clear to see the benefit that children, like Isla, get from the specialists here.”
Notes to Editors
1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent.
2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
3. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888.