Lloyds banking staff officially open Rebound therapy facility at Ravenscliffe

A new therapeutic facility was officially opened at Ravenscliffe High School.

‘Rebound’ offers an accessible trampoline for students to exercise and build on balance and communication skills.

David Nicholson MD of Halifax Bank opens new therapy room at Ravenscliffe High school, pictured with Nicky Cromie, Matthew Rowe and Julia Barnes

David Nicholson MD of Halifax Bank opens new therapy room at Ravenscliffe High school, pictured with Nicky Cromie, Matthew Rowe and Julia Barnes

The holistic centre was officially opened by Halifax Community Bank group director David Nicholson and colleagues; watched by students and guests via Skype video link.

15-year-old Matthew Rowe who uses a wheelchair was supported by a staff member and by mother Nicola Cromie, 44, of Illingworth, Halifax, as he jumped on the trampoline at the ‘Rebound’ opening.

“Matthew doesn’t have formal communication. He can’t play football so the trampoline is a good energy burner and helps build his core muscles,” said Miss Cromie.

On Friday, September 27, a group of Halifax business leaders returned and helped with gardening activities as part of the bank’s ‘A Day to Make a Difference’ campaign.

Mr Nicholson said: “This was our one-year follow up visit. Halifax wants to give back to the community in which we employ over 6,000 people.”

The state-of-the-art therapy centre was largely funded by Halifax Community sponsorship.

Deputy headteacher Jo Hague wishes to thank Halifax Community Fund, Grayson builders, Rose Engineering Consultants and friends of the school for contributions to the creation of the therapeutic centre.