School gets donation of equipment

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Play equipment has been donated to an Ashington school to help children with learning difficulties.

Northumbria Police’s Charities Fund donated the equipment to The Centre at the Josephine Butler Academy in Ashington.

The specialist equipment will help children with learning difficulties and includes toys such as sensory balls and visual equipment.

Superintendent Mick Paterson presented the donation to the school on behalf of the Northumbria Police Charities Fund and the Ashington neighbourhood policing team.

Supt Paterson said: “It was a pleasure to meet the children and to see first hand how beneficial this equipment has been.

“The equipment purchased helps with a variety of social, physical and coordination skills.

“The policing team at Ashington have a great relationship with staff at the school.”

Centre director Sara Wild added: “On behalf of the children and staff, I would like to say a huge thank you to the Northumbria Police Charities Fund for their very kind donation.

“The centre caters for children with a wide range of learning difficulties and so we chose many different types of toys, including sensory chimes, space hoppers, sensory balls and visual equipment, scooters, swingball and a snooker table.”