Youngsters’ delight at new equipment donation

Pupils from Highfurlong Special School, Blackpool are set to benefit from a �2000 donation from the Freemasons for new bikes and music boxes. Members are pictured with one of the pupils making use of one of the bikes

Pupils from Highfurlong Special School, Blackpool are set to benefit from a �2000 donation from the Freemasons for new bikes and music boxes. Members are pictured with one of the pupils making use of one of the bikes

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Delighted children are riding high thanks to a donation of play and music equipment to their Blackpool school.

The pupils at Highfurlong School have been donated two specially adapted bikes and music boxes to enhance play and learning, and to take to their new-build school.

The school, which caters for children with physical disabilities and profound or complex learning, is having a new £4m home built close to its current location, on Blackpool Old Road, as part of the redevelopment of the former Collegiate High School site.

But the school must provide its own additional equipment to go in the new facilities and has been fund-raising for new items and to receive 
donations.

Now the West Lancashire Mark Masons, an offshoot of Freemasonry, have donated £2,000 of goods.

Joan Lamb, chairman of governors for the school, said: “Any equipment that can’t be moved or provided, the school has to provide.

“So we have a major fund-raising event ongoing to get that.

“We give our huge thanks to the West Lancs group for their generosity.”

Deputy headteacher Joanne Martin said: “The group is really supportive of us so it’s nice they were able to come into school to see the impact their donation has.

“The children are loving riding the bikes in the school grounds, it’s been lovely to see. Our children are thoroughly enjoying going on them.

“Many of the children haven’t been on a bike before so it’s lovely to see.”

The school is now raising more funds to buy a bike which can fit a wheelchair on so every child at the school can join in.

Mrs Martin added: “Play equipment is the stuff that means so much to children.”