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Kirkleatham Hall School

"Unlocking Potential"

24 Peaks Challenge

Paul Gribbon along with Paul McLean, Assistant Head Teachers at Kirkleatham Hall School (which caters for children with severe and profound learning difficulties aged 3 to 19) organised the marathon walking event.

Mr Lane from Sacred Heart school, Redcar joined both Assistant Head Teachers and volunteers from local companies Sembcorp and Huntsman, as well as some members of the London Metropolitan Police.

The 19 walkers took part in the 24 Peaks Challenge – a bid to walk up 24 peaks in the Lake District, each over 2,400 feet, in just 24 hours of walking time. The 24 Peaks Challenge was spread over two days and took in some of the Lakes more famous peaks such as Red Pike, Scafell Pike and Helvellyn.  A total distance of around 32 miles was covered and walkers climbed a total of around 13,000 feet.  The event took place Friday and Saturday, 27th and 28th June 2013.

We are looking to raise £30,000 to create a special sensory room as part of a new development at  school. The sensory room fosters an atmosphere of relaxation, is good for children’s emotional health and gives them a chance to explore their feelings and to become interested in their environment.  This resource will help the specific needs of students attending our school, creating a stimulating and yet calming atmosphere and among other things help to improve hand and eye co-ordination and develop language skills.  All young children can benefit from using a sensory room to develop fundamental sensory skills needed in later life. Sensory rooms are particularly useful for children with sight or hearing problems and have been proven to be extremely valuable to children with autism.  For some students at school, who have more complex needs, the sensory room can be the difference between a child being in crisis (aggressive, challenging behaviours) to a child being calm, relaxed and ready to learn and engage.

Many, many congratulations to all of those who not only achieved their personal challenge, but also the challenge of raising funds for this important cause.

If you wish to offer your support you can do so by texting your donation via the link below

text KIRK24 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070