Sheffield special school’s bumper donation

Eamonn Hunt, Nicola Kilner and headteacher Jane Vickers with children from Norfolk Park special school.
Eamonn Hunt, Nicola Kilner and headteacher Jane Vickers with children from Norfolk Park special school.
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THE future’s looking even brighter for children at a Sheffield special school – after another donation from a city charity’s festive giveaway.

Norfolk Park Special School is the final winner in this year’s 12 Days of Christmas appeal, run by Help A Child Have A Chance in association with The Star.

Last week, the school received £1,000 towards sporting sessions for the next four months – and now it has received another £1,000 to buy outdoor play equipment.

Shirley Kilner, who founded the charity in memory of her late husband, the Hallam FM DJ Dave Kilner, said: “When we visited the school just before Christmas we were so moved by our visit and came away wanting to support the school further. There was such a happy, friendly feel about the place.

“The children at Norfolk Park have such a wide range of disabilities and lack outdoor play equipment.”

Shirley added: “They are looking at buying a number of scooters so some of the children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome can have the opportunity to run around safely outside.”

The further donation will also fund other outdoor toys such as sandpits.

Help A Child Have A Chance teamed up with The Star for the 12 Days Of Christmas appeal, offering young people across the region the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

Grants from a charity pot were awarded to 12 of the most deserving individuals or organisations across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire who were in need of funding.

For more information about the good cause email info@helpachildhaveachance.co.uk or log on to Help a child have a chance

Roll of honour

* Shereena Sadique, aged 13, final Christmas with ill mum – £150 shopping vouchers

* St Luke’s Hospice – £300 to buy teddies

* Safe At Last, Dinnington charity – £300 for clothes

* Lane End Farm, Hope Valley – £1,000 for horseriding

* Declan Gunn, poorly schoolboy – trip to Disneyland Paris

* Norfolk Park School – £2,000 for toys and lessons

* Breath of Fresh Air disabled kids’ group – £250 for outdoor games

* Sheffield Smashers boccia – funding for equipment

* MacKenzie Stephens, four, has rare Turner Syndrome – tea party

* Cavendish Kids – £500

* MidTeenz – up to £1,000 for ‘Battle of the Bands’