A fitting tribute to a ‘Brave warrior baby’ – New Sensory room in memory of Dhian Sankoli now open at Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The new sensory room on Safari Ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) was opened by Sonia and Sandeep Sankoli on Friday 25 August in memory of their son Dhian Hari Singh Sankoli who died aged just six months in May 2016.
The Sankoli family raised over £19,000 in donations, which not only funded the refurbishment of the room to help children who have complex needs with their development skills, but also paid for other sensory equipment for other children’s areas in the hospital.
Sensory rooms can improve the lives of children in many ways and, among other benefits, can help to increase concentration and attention; develop the senses and language; improve co-ordination, brain development and communication.
Among the many features in the room are special lights which can be changed to suit the mood of the child, from relaxing and calming to stimulating and educational. There is a special electronic panel which can be touched so numbers light up which act as an educational tool. Special reclining chairs allow users the perfect relaxing position and bubble tubes provide further stimulation.
Children who come to the ward for their continuing care, their parents, carers and families were all invited to come along to the opening and everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch, kindly donated by QualiTi, a company owned by Lili-Anne Wallace, daughter of Carol Sullivan- Wallace, the play specialist on Safari Ward. Carol worked very closely with the Sankoli family and Meridian, the Trust’s estates partner at QEH which oversaw the room’s refurbishment.
Sonia Sankoli said: “It means so much to us to see the room finished so we can give something to the ward that helped our son Dhian so much during his life. We are so pleased that so many parents and their beautiful children took time to come today and it was lovely to meet them and to talk about their experiences of having these very special children.
“I think it will make a real difference to everyone to be able to come and have some quality time in the sensory room, where they can be quietly together and share precious moments but help their children to develop at the same time.”
Carol Sullivan Wallace, the play specialist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “All the staff on the ward are so pleased that the room is now finished and that our special patients can now use it. Sonia and Sandeep and their family have been absolutely amazing in their generosity and the room is a wonderful tribute to their son whose life, although tragically short, has touched that of so many other children and adults.”
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