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Helping to fund new sights and sounds for pupils…

6th March 2020

CHILDREN at a Staffordshire special school are set to benefit from new sights, sounds and other sensory experiences, thanks to employees at Leek United…

The Society’s Mortgage Operations team has made a donation of £330 to Horton Lodge Community Special School*, near Leek, towards upgrading its multi-sensory room.

Used daily by many of the school’s 55 pupils, the room includes lights, colours, sounds and soft play objects, allowing youngsters to develop and engage their senses, explore and interact all within a safe environment.

Some of the equipment is now in need of replacement, and Horton Lodge plans to use Leek United’s gift towards its ongoing refurbishment.

Headteacher Sarah Latham said: “On behalf of the pupils at Horton Lodge I would like to thank all of those at Leek United who have been involved in the fundraising for our school. We are currently looking at upgrading and renovating the sensory room so that our pupils can enjoy and excel in their learning in personalised ways.

“Without the support of the local community we would struggle to be able to carry out such large projects like this, which will be of enormous benefit to all of the children that attend our wonderful school.” 

The Society’s Mortgage Operations team raised the money by organising and taking part in a number of in-house activities throughout 2019, including: making and selling home-made soup to colleagues; holding Easter and Christmas ‘bake-off’ competitions and selling the produce; staging a Chinese auction of donated gifts.

Mortgage Operations Manager Jackie Derrett, said: “All staff really enjoy the activities, which are also great for team-building and morale within the department.

“In addition to Horton Lodge, we also recently made similar donations from the money we raised last year to Guide Dogs for the Blind, towards the training of new guide dogs in the Midlands and to Prostate Cancer UK.”


*Based at Rudyard, Horton Lodge has 55 pupils aged between two and 11 with physical disabilities; many of the children also have additional learning difficulties and complex communication needs.

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