Leek United help provide sensory experiences at Horton Lodge

(From left to right) Gill Trafford, Beth Whitehurst and Loren Hepden from Leek United’s Mortgage Operations Team, present the Society’s cheque to Horton Lodge Head Boy Patrick and Headteacher Sarah Latham.

CHILDREN at a Staffordshire special school are set to benefit from new sights, sounds and other sensory experiences, thanks to employees at Leek United Building society.

The Society’s Mortgage Operations team has made a donation of £330 to Horton Lodge Community Special School towards upgrading its multi-sensory room.

Used daily by many of the school’s 55 pupils, the room includes lights, colours, sounds and soft play objects, allowing youngsters to develop and engage their senses, explore and interact all within a safe environment.

Some of the equipment is now in need of replacement, and Horton Lodge plans to use Leek United’s gift towards its ongoing refurbishment.

Headteacher Sarah Latham said: “On behalf of the pupils at Horton Lodge I would like to thank all of those at Leek United who have been involved in the fundraising for our school. We are currently looking at upgrading and renovating the sensory room so that our pupils can enjoy and excel in their learning in personalised ways.

“Without the support of the local community we would struggle to be able to carry out such large projects like this, which will be of enormous benefit to all of the children that attend our wonderful school.” 

The Society’s Mortgage Operations team raised the money by organising and taking part in a number of in-house activities throughout 2019, including: making and selling home-made soup to colleagues; holding Easter and Christmas ‘bake-off’ competitions and selling the produce; staging a Chinese auction of donated gifts.

Mortgage Operations Manager Jackie Derrett, said: “All staff really enjoy the activities, which are also great for team-building and morale within the department.

“In addition to Horton Lodge, we also recently made similar donations from the money we raised last year to Guide Dogs for the Blind, towards the training of new guide dogs in the Midlands and to Prostate Cancer UK.