14 March 2018
The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children officially opened a new Bright Space at Inner London Crown Court on Thursday 15th February.
The Bright Space will be used by child witnesses prior to entering court, where they can also be interviewed. The renovation includes soft furnishings, children’s toys, furniture and equipment to provide a child-friendly and welcoming environment.
“We owe a real debt of gratitude to the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children whose generosity has enabled the witness family room to be provided,” said HHJ Usha Karu, The Recorder of Southwark, at the official opening. “Inner London Crown Court now has a modern and well-kitted out witness family room which provides a calm atmosphere.”
The Bright Space is also in memory of former Bright Horizons employee Kerry Wynne. Kerry worked for Teddies Greenwich Nursery, which is part of the Bright Horizons Group, for nearly 10 years, after joining the team in 2002. In 2013 Kerry sadly passed away suddenly from Myocarditis, leaving two children Billy aged 4 and Lola 16 months and a partner. During Kerry’s time working at the nursery she was a keen supporter of the Foundation, taking part in a variety of fundraising activities including cake sales, fancy dress walks, kayaking, Zumbathons and so much more. After Kerry passed away the nursery staff, children and parents decided they would like to open a Bright Space in her memory.
Simone Carter, Strategic Development Director at Bright Horizons, said, “This Bright Space opened in memory of Kerry, who many that worked with her at Bright Horizons knew and loved. The Bright Space will support up to 15 children per month and will make a huge difference.”
The Foundation and its volunteers have created a homely and welcoming environment which provides these vulnerable children with the opportunity to relax and play, to help them feel comfortable.