03330 160 000 03330 160 000
Official supplier to the NHS     |     All major cards accepted     |     Free delivery on orders over £45 excl. VAT

Castle School, Cambridge – Gayle’s Story

Written by on
Castle School, Cambridge – Gayle’s Story
In the summer of 2019, a lovely lady called Gayle Painter reached out to us and asked if we would consider donating a number of wheelchair ponchos, to be worn by children attending Castle School in Cambridge.

As a school which caters for over 180 children, aged 2-19, with complex disabilities and learning difficulties, Gayle explained that recent budget cuts from central government had hit special needs schools hard – including Castle School – as specialist disability equipment and provision is very costly. In her email to us, Gayle said:

“My 12-year-old autistic son, Scott, attends Castle special needs school in Cambridge. I am just a Mum at the school but I have taken on the role of trying to do a bit of fundraising where I can."

“Many of the children at the school come from very low income families (some of whom are dependent on the local food bank). We therefore need to provide a lot of the essentials, and one of these is some hooded waterproof ponchos for our wheelchair pupils so that they can access the Forest School lessons (which take place whatever the weather!) I wonder if you would be able to donate any to us, as they would be absolutely perfect?”

two-children-wearing-ponchos

After reading Gayle’s heartfelt words, especially about how thankful she is to the “selfless and incredible” staff at Castle School for making Scott feel right at home, we were delighted to donate the 30 ponchos needed for the outdoor Forest School lessons during autumn/winter.

Small school, big difference

Since Gayle contacted us, we have been keen to learn more about Castle School and just how much it has impacted the lives of her and Scott. When we asked Gayle about the differences she’s seen in Scott since moving from mainstream school to Castle School, her answer was truly moving.

“Scott's and our lives as parents have been transformed completely! He goes to school with a smile on his face every day and comes back laughing about funny things that have happened, relaying what him and his friends have been up to, talking about the lessons he's done and lunchtime clubs he goes to (swimming, bike club and social club)."

“For the first time he clearly feels like he fits in; he said it "feels like home" and he can just be himself without feeling any different to anyone else.”

rainbow-umbrella-lead-down

We also got in touch with the Head Teacher of Castle School, Chris Baker, for his thoughts on why the school makes such a big difference to its pupils.

“I am passionate about creating a quality education for young people with additional needs and supporting families to get the best for their young people. Castle school is an amazing place and we are working hard to develop the facilities to create an environment that enables all our pupils to achieve all that they can and get them ready for life as adults in their local communities."

“I love the pupils that come to school. We have an eager and enthusiastic bunch who are keen to learn and enjoy coming to school. The staff are fantastic and all eager to help develop the school. Our parents are caring and keen to work with us. Cambridge is a vibrant and exciting place and we are working to develop our links with the University.”

We’d like to thank Gayle and Chris for sharing their thoughts with us and we sincerely hope our donation of wheelchair ponchos can help make a difference to the lives of the children attending Castle School.

All the best to Castle School in Cambridge!

Please tell us your story...

View our Wheelchair Clothing

Products Relating to this article:


Disclaimer:
Complete Care Network Ltd trading as Complete Care Shop seeks to  ensure that the contents are accurate but visitors should be aware that every individual's needs are different. Customers should therefore base their purchasing decisions and other actions upon the user's particular needs and preferences and, where appropriate, upon advice from medical and care professionals. Please click to see our disclaimer.
Click here to read our full disclaimer »
03330 160 000 03330 160 000
© 2020 Complete Care Shop operates from 330 Four Oaks Rd, Walton Summit Centre, Preston PR5 8AP
Tel: 03330 160 000 - Email: [email protected]
Trading under Nottingham Rehab Limited - Registered in England and Wales No. 1948041 to Sherwood House Cartwright Way, Forest Business Park, Bardon Hill, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 1UB. VAT registration No. GB156919571
www.completecareshop.co.uk
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter BHTA - British Healthcare Trades Association Complete Care Shop can Process Visa and Mastercard via Paypal Trustwave - Trusted Commerce - Click to validate Trading Standards Approved Code
Finance provided by PayPal Credit. Terms and conditions apply. Credit subject to status. UK residents only. Complete Care Network Ltd acts as a broker and offer finance from a restricted range of financial providers. PayPal Credit is a trading name of PayPal (Europe) S.à. r.l. et Cie. S.C.A., 22-24 Boulevard Royal L-2449. Luxembourg