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£23,000 Warks RA Benevolent Fund Presentation to Wilson Stuart School

posted on 23 March 2016

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Warwickshire Royal Arch Benevolent Fund

Following confirmation of a donation by the Warwickshire Royal Arch Benevolent Fund of £23,000 to the Wilson Stuart Special School in Erdington, Birmingham they officially opened phase one of the new rebound therapy and nursery facilities.

WRABF President, Michael Irving, supported by many senior Companions of the Province, presented the cheque to the School at a sponsored 'Bounceathon' event held on Tuesday 22 March to showcase the first new dedicated rebound therapy room, which will be used by primary and secondary age children with complex physical and learning disabilities. A key feature in the new room is the special floor level, trampoline style rebound bed, which helps children to relax, develop their balance skills, improve concentration and enhance their movement and fitness levels.

John Saint, ME Grand Superintendent of Warwickshire said: "We were shown how beneficial rebound therapy can be for the children, helping to develop physical skills and in some cases communication skills too which is an added bonus. Previously rebound therapy training sessions were held in the school hall, putting pressure on timetables, but now with a dedicated facility more pupils can benefit which is very much what we wanted to achieve".

The rebound room is the first phase of work to be carried out at the school using the Royal Arch Freemasons of Warwickshire's donation explains Head Teacher, Steve Hughes: "We had always looked to further develop our therapy facilities and this exceptionally generous donation from the Royal Arch Freemasons of Warwickshire has allowed us to move plans forward at a much quicker pace. Phase two of using the donation will see an additional therapy room and enhanced nursery provision later this year. We would like to thank the Freemasons for their wonderful support which has made such a significant difference to our school."

Wilson Stuart is located in Perry Common, Erdington in the north of Birmingham. It caters for 173 pupils aged 2-25 years. Some pupils have additional difficulties including sensory impairment, learning difficulties, communication difficulties or complex medical conditions. They have outstanding purpose built facilities and highly trained, enthusiastic and committed staff. This combination enables them to provide the specialised individual programmes required by their pupils.

The Companions at the opening of the new facility were able to spend time with the children and trained rebound therapy staff before enjoying refreshments and a presentation about the school's future developments. They were all impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by the teaching team in caring for these special pupils.

Wilson Stuart Special School Phase two of using the donation will see an additional therapy room Helping to develop physical skills and in some cases communication skills