IT ball helps Barnado's children

The £27,000 raised from last summer's Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball is now helping disabled children improve their verbal...

The £27,000 raised from last summer's Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball is now helping disabled children improve their verbal communication skills at Barnado's new Spark Centre in Bethnal Green, London, which opened in January.

The industry ball, supported by Computer Weekly and organised by suppliers' organisation Intellect and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, was attended by IT users and suppliers from across the industry.

Spark Centre staff and members of Barnado's IT department researched and followed best practice and selected the specialist IT, comms and multimedia equipment following visits to other disabled IT suites, including the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital children's ward school and the recently opened Richards House Hospice in Docklands.

The Spark Centre's internet cafe aims to create a welcoming, informal environment. Activities in the suite include verbal communication, short film making, music making, game playing, newsletter and flyer creation, skills work, sensory development and internet access.

ICT charity ball

This year's Intellect ICT Industry Charity Ball, on 8 July at Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, aims to raise more than £30,000 for the Treehouse Trust, a London charity that runs an educational centre for children with autism.

The event has several sponsors, including IBM, Intel and Microsoft, and is taking bookings at £1,450 +VAT for a table for 10. For further details contact Tina Gallagher.

020-7395 6700
This was first published in February 2004



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