The life of a six month old baby who died last year was celebrated at the launch of a new sensory room at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The parents of Dhian Sankoli, Sonia and Sandeep Sankoli, opened the sensory room on Safari Ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Stadium Road, Woolwich.

Over £19,000 of donations was raised by the Sankoli family to help with the refurbishment of the room. The money also paid for sensory equipment in other children’s areas in the hospital.

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Sonia Sankoli said: “It means so much to us to see the room finished so we can give something to the ward that helped our son Dhian so much during his life.

“We are so pleased that so many parents and their beautiful children took time to come today and it was lovely to meet them and to talk about their experiences of having these very special children.

“I think it will make a real difference to everyone to be able to come and have some quality time in the sensory room, where they can be quietly together and share precious moments but help their children to develop at the same time.”

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Carol Sullivan Wallace, the play specialist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “All the staff on the ward are so pleased that the room is now finished and that our special patients can now use it.

“Sonia and Sandeep and their family have been absolutely amazing in their generosity and the room is a wonderful tribute to their son whose life, although tragically short, has touched that of so many other children and adults.”