Haverhill women take a walk to raise cash for school’s sensory rooms

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Two Haverhill friends are embarking on a sponsored walk to raise money for equipment for a school in town.

Sandra Hilton and Sonia Butler are planning the walk to raise money for a pair of sensory rooms at Churchill Special Free School, a school for young people with speech, language and interaction needs.

Sandra said: “We met at the gym and decided to do this. Last year, Nisa [the company she worked for] gave money to charity for every item bought in the shop.

“We chose the school and my boss presented them with £600. Since then, we’ve raised money for books for their library.

“We decided to do something and wanted to help the local community. I thought it would be good to support the special school.”

The walk, which will take place in September, is the latest event in the school’s campaign to purchase sensory equipment.

Headteacher, Georgina Ellis, said: “We’re really lucky to have such a supportive group of parents and an active parent teacher association. We’re really grateful.”

Christian Farrant, 39, who got the ball rolling with a fund raising night at Simmo’s playzone on Saturday (April 11), was delighted that the campaign seemed to be gaining traction.

“It’s fantastic,” she said. “We have already raised over £350 for the school. We’ve had such support from the community. The fact is, it will benefit the kids in the future.

“We are hoping to organise some more events like a race night. The school is growing in numbers every year. The sensory rooms will have a big impact on future generations.”

Donations for the sensory rooms can be made by contacting the school on 01440 760338.