Donation boosts Thornbury school for children with special educational needs

March 01 2020
Donation boosts Thornbury school for children with special educational needs

AN independent school and home for children with special educational needs has been given more than £4,000 to create a new sensory facility.

Sheiling School Thornbury was given the donation by Motability Operations, which runs the Motability car, powered wheelchair and scooter scheme to get people with disabilities mobile.

The organisation chose Sheiling School as one of its charities after seeing a Facebook request by the school’s head of human resources, Alison Davis, for a donation of mugs for the school kitchen.

Throughout the last year Motability has donated Easter eggs and footballs, arranged a visit from Pudsey Bear and presented a tablet as a raffle prize before taking the whole school to a special pantomime performance, including goody bags for everyone to take home.

Now Motability has topped it with a donation of just over £4,140 from panto ticket sales and fundraising.

Alison said: “We are hugely grateful to the team at Motability Operations. We were really delighted to receive 12 new mugs and the amazing thing is how that first contact turned into a really strong ongoing relationship of valued support. I have a sense of awe that something so great can come from an initial simple request. It reignites my belief in human kindness and it is really touching.” Sheiling School will use the donation to soundproof and buy instruments for a new music room being created for pupils, as well as ‘sensory swings’ for two of its residential houses.

The school still needs a small amplifier and microphone for the music room and is also looking for donations and bids for its new Ebay auction.

Anyone who would like to donate or help fundraise should visit for more details.