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The new pool at the Ryegate Children’s Centre was opened by Paralympic gold medallist Oliver Hynd, with the aim that this new pool will help aid disabled youngsters develop their skills and strengthen their bodies.

Signs Express, Sheffield, worked with Cat Powell, Artfelt Manager at the Children’s Hospital Charity. The experienced sign makers were called into help in the process and advise on the most suitable vinyl and print. The environment in the pool area has very high humidity levels and the right choices were vital.

Carol Morris, owner of Signs Express, Sheffield said: “It has been a joy to be part of this project. Signs Express worked with key members of the team including the artists and hospital staff to ensure the right decisions were being made. The end result a wonderful environment for the children”.

The new facility replaces the centre’s previous 50-year-old pool, and boasts a contemporary design with an accessible sunken bathing area, complete with underwater light and an improved hoist system.

Powell personally sent a letter of thanks to Signs Express which said: “Thank you so much for all your help in making the hydrotherapy pool project a great success. Your support paid a key part in helping us to be able to transform the pool and we are extremely grateful for this.”

The letter was accompanied by thanks to all the staff that work with the children. Jenny Featherstone, team leader for community physiotherapy and occupational therapy at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundations Trust Added: “We are immensely grateful to all of the people who have been involved in this project. The new pool provided as with a bright, fresh, fun environment which will transform hydrotherapy for all involved.”


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