Legacy Rainbow House was created in 2001 by Joanne Mawdsley, who had two boys who were tragically struck with a rare genetic disorder, resulting in brain damage and disability. It was her passion and drive to help her boys that founded this innovative service. The services were funded by The Mawdsley Family until 2004, at which time it became a charity. Providing assistance for other children, Ms Mawdsley enriched her own life and surrounded herself with like-minded parents who supported and guided each other through a very dark process, and in doing so provided therapy, helping their children to help themselves.
They work with children who have a brain injury, multiple disabilities or complex health needs. The correct specification of facilities, and in particular flooring, is vital. Sika® ComfortFloor® Pro from Sika proved ideal for the children and staff at Rainbow House. The system’s chemical composition and texture absorbs impact and offers the perfect surface for that intensive therapy work that takes place at the facility, while also providing a high degree of comfort.
The Sika® ComfortFloor® system and Sikagard® Hygienic Wall Coatings have helped to deliver a high-performance, visually stunning solution for this challenging and innovative application. Three colors were used in the main areas of the facility to create a rainbow effect – Sika Sun Fire, Sika Wild Orchid and Sika Spring Grass. For the cleaners’ room, an office and a kitchen, Umbra Grey was selected, with an additional aggregate added to complement the rooms’ functionality.
In demanding hygiene environments such as Rainbow House, standard paints are no match for this range of specifically developed hygienic coatings. The liquid applied system was quickly and easily installed in the therapy areas by Crown Flooring as one seamless piece, meaning no joints which can harbor bacteria. In addition, the floor’s constitution means that it resists the growth of bacteria or fungus and is very easy to clean.
Sika has also donated its Sikagard® Hygienic Wall Coatings for the entire interior of Rainbow House. The coatings complement the flooring system by offering the same seamless properties as Sika® ComfortFloor®. Sikagard® Hygienic Coatings are designed to provide exceptional durability as well as an enhanced resistance to cracking, splitting and flaking.
Ms Mawdsley continues to develop, create and implement strategies to generate the income needed to continue all services. She leads a small but efficient team that manages development, parent support, key workers, finances, trusts and grants, media and marketing. The charity is supported by a professional board of directors, who ensure and safeguard all services.
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