Schoolchildren with special needs were overjoyed to hear that they are to benefit from a £2,000 donation by Sembcorp Utilities UK
The nationally acclaimed Dales School at Blyth in Northumberland cares for 83 pupils aged 3 to11 with a wide range of learning difficulties.
Pupils, parents and carers clapped and cheered as they were told by Head Teacher Hugh Steele at a special assembly that they had been chosen to receive the money, donated by Sembcorp as part of its sponsorship of a major industrial award.
Martin Inskip, former Director of Operations at MSD Pharmaceuticals at Cramlington in Northumberland won the Outstanding Contribution Award, at the 2016 NEPIC AnnualAwards earlier this year.
He generously decided to donate the Sembcorp cash to the school, just a few miles from the factory. In a separate move, the firm also donated a further £2,000 received for winning the NEPIC Manufacturing Sustainability Award.
Pupils from throughout Northumberland attending the school, acclaimed for its caring ethos, have a wide range of conditions including Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder; emotional and social difficulties and other complex needs including Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and epilepsy.
Mr Steele said:“We are immensely grateful to Sembcorp and MSD for making these generous donations.
“We came to this site only 6 years ago after outgrowing our previous home and frankly it was a mess. We’ve done a lot since but there’s still a lot to do and this money will be invaluable in making the school a better environment for the pupils.”