|Wave Academy, the specialist school helps the young either continue their full-time academic courses or if necessary starts ‘from scratch’, see www.waveacademy.comThe Arts are not forgotten and special studios have been designed to allow for ‘messy’ painting, sculpture and pottery / clay work.
All of this is the result of the 6 year amazing Sowenna Appeal which the Cornwall public have supported brilliantly as well as famous names like the Invictus Trust.
The latter was formed by the Cowburn family of Truro who in 2010 following the tragic loss of their son and brother aged 18, after a very short period of mental illness established Invictus with HRH Prince harry as its Patron
Here they run a café, mini bus, a virtual reality initiative and much more.
Dr Walden, who showed supporters including DHC Trustees, Carol O’Brien and Tim Guy, around the buildings said,
“Currently children from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have to travel out of county for this kind of service. The ability to regularly see family and friends while in hospital is a key element to a patient’s recovery, especially in the case of children. The new unit will enable Sowenna to deliver care much closer to home and there are two suites with kitchen facilities specially set aside for this purpose.”
For the future, Invictus Trust offers Anchor Fund grants to families who still need to travel out of county to access in-patient care and they continue to campaign for the new Cornish unit to cater for the needs of a full adolescent age-range, extending the provision to meet needs of young people up to the age of 25 years.