Businessmen club together to get Hamlet Centre innovative new chair

(Left to Right ) Carl Lamb of Almary Green, Lorraine Ewing, senior manager at Hamlet Centre's Ella R

(Left to Right ) Carl Lamb of Almary Green, Lorraine Ewing, senior manager at Hamlet Centre's Ella Road base, and Simon Francis of ESE Direct are pictured with the Hamlet Centre's new 'P' Pod chair. - Credit: Archant

Two businessmen have clubbed together to buy an innovative new chair for young adults with disabilities and complex health needs.

The 'P' Pod is a special postural support chair which means that some of the Hamlet Centre's users will be able to enjoying relaxing in its new sensory lounge without the restriction of their everyday wheelchairs.

However the chair, which has symmetrical or custom-moulded support within a conventional bean bag base, is not cheap at £1,000.

But thanks to the two businessmen, the centre in Ella Road has now been able to get its first 'P' Pod.

One of the two is Carl Lamb, managing director of independent financial advisors Almary Green, which is based at Meridian Business Park and has a team of 38.

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Mr Lamb, who established an annual charity awards programme in the firm's tenth anniversary year in 2011, said: 'In the three years to date we have helped over 60 local causes.

'We wanted to help those small local charities who don't have professional fundraisers but rely on hard-working volunteers.

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'If they are making a difference to either individuals or communities, then we want to help.'

The other donator is Simon Francis, of ESE Direct, which supplies a range of business products from storage equipment, benches, matting and cabinets to first aid, sack trucks and signage.

Mr Francis has instigated ESE Direct charity days, where a selection of charities are put forward online for customers to vote for each month. At the end of each vote, the winning good cause receives a donation equal to at least 5pc of the online sales for the last Friday of the month. Already, this initiative has raised thousands for great causes across Norfolk and beyond.

Pauline Morgan, chief executive of the Hamlet Centre, said: 'We are so grateful to both Simon and Carl for their incredible generosity, by donating us the money for the new 'P'pod. It means our most vulnerable young adults can relax and chill out in the new sensory lounge in comfort and in some instances without the restrictions of their everyday wheelchairs. It will truly revolutionise the way we deliver activities to our young people with the most profound and complex healthy needs at Ella Road.'

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