Decent donation for pool project

A Blyth school's hydrotherapy pool project has received a decent donation.

Friday, 3rd June 2016, 12:15 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd June 2016, 1:18 pm
Staff from the Metro Rod (North East) office in Morpeth present The Dales School in Blyth with a cheque for £500. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Staff and pupils recently went along to the Metro Rod (North East) office in Morpeth to enjoy a celebration that had been organised by the business and collect a cheque for £500.

Having such a state-of-the-art facility in place would be extremely beneficial to those who attend The Dales, a school for primary age children who have special needs.

Staff members Emma Allison, Ashley Brodie and Linda Howe are spearheading the campaign through the Friends of The Dales charity that also involves parents.

The fund-raising activities so far include race nights, a sponsored zipline from the Tyne Bridge, discos, a summer fair and sponsored walks. The total funds raised recently passed £4,000.

Ashley said: “It would be amazing to have a hydrotherapy pool at the school as our children have sensory problems, so there are noise and lighting issues that means they can’t use leisure centre pools, and they would be able to use it with family members.

“The total cost is £250,000 and we’ve submitted an application for Lottery funding. Metro Rod were lovely – they made a big fuss of the pupils who were with us.

“We’re very grateful for their donation.”

Office manager Amy Williamson said the business, which provides drain care and repair services, was happy to help when it heard of the campaign from Emma’s sister Lauren, who works in the office.