SCHOOL children can curl up with a book thanks to a custom-made armchair which was donated to the library.
Sofa and carpet retailers ScS donated a personalised armchair to Hazel Oak School in Shirley.
The chair has been put in the school’s newly-refurbished library to enable the teachers and learning-support staff to create an inviting space for the children to read.
UK furniture maker Ashley Manor specially designed the chair, which is upholstered in soft, textured fabric, with bright cushions, to heighten the senses and create a relaxed learning environment.
Rachel Easthope, a teacher at Hazel Oak School, said: “We’re a small school for children and young adults with special needs, and we wanted to make the school library more suitable for their needs which is why we approached ScS to see if they could help.
“We had a very limited budget for the library, including purchasing books, so are delighted that ScS were able to help us with the giant chair and were overwhelmed by their kindness and generosity.
“The children love their new special armchair, and its sensory properties are perfect for their needs.
“We’re extremely grateful to have received the donation and know that the children will get many years of use and comfort from it.”
ScS senior distribution manager Pete Brown delivered the new armchair and a pile of books to the school and met with pupils and teachers and said it was really nice to see how excited the children, and teachers, were when we turned up with their new addition.
David Knight, CEO at ScS, said: “When we were contacted by Miss Easthope at Hazel Oak asking to help to furnish the children’s library we were keen to help with such a worthwhile improvement project and give the pupils a special place to learn and develop.
“Thanks to our supplier, Ashley Manor, we were able to create a bespoke sensory chair for the children to enjoy.
“We hope that everyone at Hazel Oak can benefit from the addition to the library and are glad to have been able to help.”