Sunday, 17 December 2017

Singers raise £2,300 for special school

A SPECIAL school is a step closer to buying state-of-the-art communication equipment with the help of a £2,300 donation

A SPECIAL school is a step closer to buying state-of-the-art communication equipment with the help of a £2,300 donation.

The Henley Carol Singers raised the money in December, when they performed at nine dinners and parties in and around Henley.

The money will go towards a new portable computer for Bishopswood School in Sonning Common that will help pupils to communicate and play games using their eyes.

Judy Whittaker, who co-ordinates the singing group, presented a cheque to headteacher Janet Kellett at the Grove Road school on Tuesday. Mrs Kellett said: ?This is a fantastic amount of money and we are very grateful for the generous donations from people around Henley.?

The computer will help children who are unable to communicate through speech or sign language.

Mrs Kellett said: ?All our children have communication difficulties. If they can?t speak or use their hands to sign, they can use this technology to indicate different options on the screen with their eyes.?

The Henley Carol Singers are made up of 34 members of local church choirs who have been singing together for the last 18 years. They took part in the school?s Christmas concert at St Michael?s Church in Peppard Road, Sonning Common.

Mrs Whittaker said: ?We always try to go for a local charity, particularly ones which help children. We have previously raised money for lots of charities that help children who come to Bishopswood School.

?The school needs lots of funding because the sort of equipment they use here is specialist and expensive.?

Bishopswood School has a secondary department at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common and a nursery department at Valley Road Primary School in Henley.

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