DELIGHTED school officials have praised a charity after it paid for a specialist £3,200 bed to help children with medical needs.
Staff at Springwell School in Wiltshire Way, Hartlepool, say they can’t thank Epilepsy Outlook enough for the donation which means eight children will get to use the bed.
Deputy head Louise Hargreaves said: “We are very lucky that we could get equipment that is so worthwhile and so needed. It makes the children more comfortable.
“We want to thank Epilepsy Outlook. Without their generosity, we would not have this facility. We are very grateful.”
Jacqui Gettings, the operations manager for Epilepsy Outlook, had visited the school before and her committee asked if there was some way that the York Road-based charity could help.
She added: “We have donated a multi-functional bed. If someone has a seizure and they feel a little groggy afterwards, they can still be a part of the class and be involved. The school had previously loaned a bed but I went back to the committee and we came up with this.”
But this is just one example of the help that Epilepsy Outlook gives to local causes. In conjunction with the Hartlepool Mail, it raised £14,000 for the Callum’s Dream appeal which helped two-yearold Callum Smith, who has epilepsy, to have a sensory room in his home.
Jacqui added: “We are looking to do more of this. We have been helping a lot more families with beds and alarms and that is what we raise money for through our shops. Everything that we raise, goes to help the people of Hartlepool.”
Jane Iley, the class teacher for Purple Class where the new bed is based within Springwell School, explained how it was not just children with epilepsy who would benefit from the boost.
She said: “It is fantastic. All the children have a turn and it is great for their postural management.”
She said it is also beneficial for children with secretion problems.
Epilepsy Outlook has two charity shops - one at its York Road headquarters and the other in Oxford Road. It also runs card-making classes on a Thursday from 1pm to 4pm, and a drop-in centre for adults who have uncontrolled epilepsy, from 1pm to 4pm on a Monday.
To find out more, contact (01429) 297007.