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(UK) Essex: $18,000 (US) grant for sensory room for SPED students "to relax and recover"

May 16, 2018, (UK) Essex County Gazette Standard: Catalyst charity celebrates reaching £65k giveaway milestone http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/16227027.Charity_celebrates_reaching___65k_giveaway_milestone/ A FAR-REACHING charity which extends a helping hand to causes across Colchester has dished out more than £65,000 in grants so far this year. In one of its most successful years since its inception almost 30 years ago, Colchester Catalyst Charity split around £550,000 between dozens of charities supporting the sick and disabled in 2017. … This year the charity has already proved a catalyst for the funding of a new mini-bus and sensory room for children with special needs, … A donation of £13,000 [$18,000 U.S.] will fund a new sensory room at Doucecroft School, in Colchester, providing support for children with special needs to relax and recover. Anna Rogers, head of fundraising at Autism Anglia, said: "The room will benefit all the students here at Doucecroft and with the latest equipment and technology, the children will be able to control the environment themselves. …