HRH The Countess of Wessex Officially Opens Music Zone For Children With Brain Injury

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visited The Children’s Trust in Surrey today (28 February) to officially open a new, specially designed music facility for children with brain injury undergoing rehabilitation. The occasion was marked by a sea of excited faces and union jack flags as Her Royal Highness was greeted by Dalton Leong, The Children’s Trust Chief Executive. The Countess then took part in a music workshop at The Children’s Trust School, where several young people with complex disabilities demonstrated how they are able to play instruments using new technology. Her Royal Highness also visited The Children’s Trust national specialist rehabilitation centre where children undergo a range of different therapies including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy to help them make the best recovery possible following a brain injury. The Countess played games on a light-up Cardio Wall with 13 year old Nieve who is staying at the centre for specialist rehabilitation following an accident. The visit came to a close with a special reception where The Countess officially opened the new Music Zone, unveiling a golden disc plaque. Three year old Phoebe and 17 year old Ben thanked The Countess by presenting her with a painting that the children had created together and a posy of flowers. Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust, said; “It was a huge honour to have Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex join us today. Children, staff and volunteers were very excited about her visit, and it’s been great to show Her Royal Highness why music and our new Music Zone, generously funded by Simplyhealth, is such an important facility for all of the children here.”   ENDS To arrange interviews with a spokesperson from The Children’s Trust or for photos of the visit, email pressoffice@thechildrenstrust.org.uk or call 01737 365865.

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