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Support from Warks Royal Arch Benevolent Fund

posted on 28 July 2015

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Happy faces from all at a presentation of the Rebound Therapy at the School

Wilson Stuart Special School 'bouncing' with joy at generous support from Warks Royal Arch Benevolent Fund.

Building work on a new rebound therapy facility is underway at Wilson Stuart Special School in Erdington, Birmingham following confirmation of support through a generous donation by the Warks Royal Arch Benevolent Fund.

Wilson Stuart School is a school for 205 students aged between 2 and 25 years old, all of whom have complex physical disabilities and / or serious medical conditions. In addition, many of their students have complex learning needs which affect the way they learn on a daily basis.

The dedicated 'bounce' area will feature floor level trampolines and special rebound pillows and cushions which help children with physical and learning disabilities to relax, develop balance skills and enhance their movement and fitness levels.

Following a recent visit to Wilson Stuart, by Michael Irving, Paul Wheeler and Fred Ditchfield, to assess the proposal the trustees have agreed to offer support amounting to £22,000.

Fred said: "We were keen to support the school because of their longstanding commitment of introducing innovative therapies which benefit their students and we could see that creating a new, specific rebound therapy facility with more accessible equipment would bring obvious benefits for the children and staff”

The new facility will be officially opened later this year and Head Teacher, Steve Hughes, said everyone is excited the new build project is underway. He said: "Children in 'bounce' therapy classes are always relaxed, laughing and having so much fun. Bounce equipment gives them a safe and enjoyable way to move and exercise and we are extremely grateful to the Royal Arch Masons of Warwickshire for their kind support which has enabled us to extend and improve facilities for our school."

E Comp John Saint, the ME Grand Superintendent said: "I am delighted to be able to support the Wilson Stuart School with a donation of £22,000 from the Royal Arch Freemasons of Warwickshire for this worthwhile and innovative Rebound Therapy facility and to support it in serving the education needs of the disabled children in such a vital, caring and dedicated manner.

This donation has been funded in just two short years thanks to the generosity of the Royal Arch Masons in the Province and I am pleased to acknowledge their unstinting support for this and many other non-Masonic causes. Freemasons do not ask the public for contributions. All the money they collect for charity comes from their own pockets."