A CHARITY has given a large donation to support a care home’s end-of-life project.

Colchester Catalyst has handed over £15,000 to the Edensor care centre in Clacton to help build a special sensory cabin to support families during the tough period.

Colchester Catalyst Charity has been a grant making charity since 1990.

Edensor is run by the Diagrama Foundation, a Kent-based charity which supports vulnerable children, young people, and adults to live their best life.

The vital funding will allow Edensor to have a special sensory cabin built in the gardens of their care home to give residents and their families a private, quiet and calming area where they can spend precious time together in their final days.

The cabin will be known as ‘Quiet Oasis’, a name selected by Edensor resident Angela Hodgkinson.

Colchester Catalyst development manager Rodney Appleyard and administrator Stephanie Grant visited Edensor to present the cheque for the project.

Edensor manager Sab Mach said: “We are over the moon Colchester Catalyst has funded our project to have a purpose-built end-of-life cabin.

“The team know the huge difference this resource will make to our residents and their families.

“The ‘Quiet Oasis’ will allow residents, families and friends to spend additional time together outside the care home, in a private space dressed like a cosy bedroom with sensory lights, music and scents, where medical support can be given as necessary by our nursing staff.”

Mr Appleyard added: “In 2020 Colchester Catalyst supported Edensor’s innovative project to build a nostalgic train carriage for residents and the following year we donated towards two bespoke beach wheelchairs.

“We have seen what a success these two initiatives have been, so we were delighted to support its new ‘End of Life’ project.

“Our £15,000 donation will enable Edensor's vision of building an end-of-life sensory cabin to become a reality and we are looking forward to seeing the finished ‘Quiet Oasis’ and hearing about the difference it will make to residents, their families and the Edensor team.”

The groundworks and base for the new cabin will be completed in August before building begins in September.