A NEW multi-sensory facility to promote communication and development among children with severe learning disabilities has opened at the Annie Lawson School, Ravenswood Village, in Crowthorne.

The facility is named the Robert Rainsbury Room, in recognition of a donation from the Rainsbury family in memory of Robert Rainsbury who died last year.

Mr Rainsbury was a strong supporter of Norwood, and took part in several of the charity's Challenge events, with residents from Ravenswood Village.

Children with profound and multiple learning disabilities often need the use of stimulating reactive and interactive environments to promote communication, general learning development, and understanding of cause and effect.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes a range of lighting effects such as solar projectors with effect wheels, bubble-tubes, and switch technology enabling a child to change the colours of water in a tube. There are also vibro-tactile equipment such as a bed providing vibrations and music.