Campaign for sensory room in school

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A Haverhill mum is inviting members of the public to help her in a bid to buy specialist equipment for a local school.

Christian Farrant (39) is inviting people to attend a fundraising night at Simmo’s Playzone in Boundary Road.

The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 11, starting at 6.30pm.

The night, which will include a quiz and games, is to raise money for a sensory room at the Churchill Special Free School, a school for young people with speech, language and interaction needs.

Christian’s 12 year old son, Joshua Farrant-Clarke, attends the school and has received a lot of support.

Raising the £20,000 needed for the sensory room, which contains equipment to stimulate or relax students, is their way of giving something back.

“Josh is on the autism spectrum,” said Christian. “But since he’s been at this school, so much has changed. They’ve done amazing things.

“He will communicate with people now in ways he couldn’t at a main stream school.

“Josh wants to give something back.

“We also want to raise awareness for the school and the work they’re doing. It’s such a valuable part of our community.

“The pupils there are such amazing talents. You need to look beyond their behaviour.”

The fundraising night will also include a tombola, raffle tickets and, it is hoped, a talk from a guest speaker.

Money for raffle-ticket prizes was donated by Sainsburys and Tescos supermarkets.

Anyone can attend the fundraising night, with entrance being free. Quiz teams of four can take part for £10.

Teams can register at the door or can book in advance by contacting Christian on clpf@icloud.com.

Donations can be made to help towards the sensory room at www.gofundme.com/churchillsensory.