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Specialist autism charity NORSACA has installed new sensory equipment at its day service in Heanor thanks to 
local donations.

The Mundy Street branch is now home to large xylophone-style musical instrument dubbed as ‘tall boys’, and a set of swinging bars.

The tall boys were bought with a £995 donation by the Freemasons of Derbyshire, and the bars were purchased with a £834 donation by the Rotary Club of Church Wilne.

The equipment will provide enjoyable outdoor activities, encouraging users to have fun and develop skills in the garden.

Centre manager Julie Briggs said: “The service users will be able to enjoy themselves in a creative and musical way.

“The equipment is highly sensory, and will greatly improve hand-eye coordination, as well as encouraging service them to get outside.”

Melanie Howard, fund generation manager at NORSACA added: “We are so grateful to the Freemasons Derbyshire Fund and the Rotary Club of Church Wilne for their donations. It is fantastic to receive support from other local charitable organisations that we can channel into improving NORSACA’s services.

“We are currently looking for help to raise £15k to launch a family support hub based at Mundy Street helping Derbyshire families affected by autism, and we have a range of way people can get involved in fundraising.”

The Mundy Street day service caters for 25 young people and adults, aged 16 years and above, offering a wide range of structured activities based on individual requirements and interests.