Special school and college given £500 towards new facilities

A SCHOOL for children with disabilities has been awarded £500 towards new toilets.

The Sheiling Special Education Trust in Ringwood has been given the money from The Screwfix Foundation – a charity which supports projects to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and facilities.

The Sheiling is a charity which helps young people with disabilities by operating a special needs school for 6 to 19 year olds and a college for 19 to 25 year olds. It requires new classrooms and will put the money towards building disabled toilets.

The school’s Corine van Barneveld said: “We’re currently redesigning one of our older houses and converting some rooms into a therapeutic art room and pottery, a candle-making room, and installing a new kitchen with an additional classroom on the first floor.

“This money will help us to achieve some of that. We’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the fundraising.”

Vicky Shepherd, manager of the Screwfix store in Ringwood, said: “We’re really pleased that one of our local charities has been awarded funding by The Screwfix Foundation.

“Our colleagues from across the business have held a variety of fundraising events – from leg waxes and bike rides, to mountain climbs and fun days – to raise much needed funds for The Screwfix Foundation. It’s fantastic to see the money we have raised being injected back into the community.

“We’d also like to thank all of our customers who have donated money in our collection tins, or supported our fundraising efforts – watch this space for our next event.”

The Screwfix Foundation launched earlier this year and donates money to a variety of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness or disability.

It works with Barnardo’s and Macmillan, as well as lending a welcome helping hand to smaller, local registered charities like the SSET, which are carrying out projects which involve fixing, maintaining or repairing buildings or facilities for those in need.

The next round of funding will be awarded later this year. Relevant projects from across the area are invited to apply online for a share of the funding at www.screwfixfoundation.com.

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