A new sensory room for youngsters in the children’s ward at Hinchingbrooke Hospital has been opened.

And instead of using a local celebrity to cut the ribbon at Holly Ward, regular hospital users Daisy Bell, William Carlson and Mackenzie Grimmer carried out the opening ceremony instead.

The room will be used by children of all ages for stimulation, relaxation and exploration and was paid for by fundraising, crowd-funding and donations, with substantial donations from the Bell, Carlson and Grimmer families.

Liz Webb, health play specialist, said: “The sensory room is a fantastic space for children of all ages and abilities to come for stimulation, relaxation and exploration.

“The sensory room can be used for a variety of situations depending on a child's needs at that moment.”

She said: “It can be a therapeutic room which children can escape to of they are upset and need soothing, it can be an exciting room where children can play and have fun and it can be an educational room in which children learn, stimulate their senses and develop their motor skills.

“The room includes the likes of soft mats, a projector, a fibre-optic waterfall, an interactive colour cube, an infinity mirror and lots more.”