Recently, Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group arrived at school with a lovely gift for everyone at EMS to thank us for donating over £5,000.

We have supported the local charity in their annual festive Christmas Jumper Day since 2014 with students donating £1 to spend the day in non-uniform whilst donning a Christmas Jumper.  Over the past five years, we have raised a total of £5,252.

The charity has presented us with a special award and certificate as a way of saying thank you.

Pat Allison, Manager of the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group said: “The help has been absolutely fabulous. The money will go particularly to our core fundraising group which is a group of younger people who raise funds to help improve lives for our families who have children or adults with various disabilities.”

Some of the money will go towards the charities new sensory room and extension of the hall along with a host of other planned elements for the future.

Pat added: “Fundraising is harder these days and it’s lovely that our community are supporting us. The charities which help the local community really do need extra help.”

Steve Hope, who organises the jumper day in school said: “We usually hold the jumper day on the last day of term before Christmas. The students can come in their own clothes with a Christmas Jumper or T-Shirt on before and all the money goes to the charity. It’s a lovely bit of fun before Christmas.”

He added: “This award is a real surprise. To be honest, it’s not really me who does anything – it’s the students in school. They enjoy the day and the money goes to charity.  We do a lot for charity at EMS and its extra special to support a local one each year.”

We are currently trying to raise £4000 during Lent for CAFOD. If parents/carers would like to donate – there is a link to make a donation in Parent Pay.

Picture by Michael Gant, courtesy of Hartlepool Life.