Rotary support for King’s Lynn special school

from the left:  Mark Walker (Rotary Community Service Chairman), Michael Pellizzaro (Junior Vice President), Bob Sharp (Club President)  Paul Donkersloot (Headmaster) Pip Rippengill (Committee member) ANL-150226-095818001
from the left: Mark Walker (Rotary Community Service Chairman), Michael Pellizzaro (Junior Vice President), Bob Sharp (Club President) Paul Donkersloot (Headmaster) Pip Rippengill (Committee member) ANL-150226-095818001

A cheque for £5,000 has been handed over to the Churchill Park School in Lynn to help children with special needs requiring hi-tech help.

It came from the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn after it became aware that there was a need for some specialised equipment – similar to that used by Prof. Stephen Hawking.

It is intended for those who lack any physical movement other than eye movement.

Following a talk to the club by the school’s business manager, Elaine Peverett and Carol McPherson in 2014, it pledged to purchase the Eye Gaze equipment.

In June of last year the club donated an initial cheque for £3,000 to the school which has 180 special needs students.

That money allowed the equipment to be ordered and the club then set about raising the balance.

A charity Golf Day at Middleton Golf Course was organised by the community service committee which was generously supported by local golfers from the town’s business community, which, on day, raised the remaining money needed to purchase the equipment.

In addition a grant from Rotary district 1080 added a further £500.

The final cheque for £5,000 was donated to the school’s headmaster Paul Donkersloot at the assembly last Friday morning.

The Rotary Club representatives were able to see the Eye Gaze equipment in use which showed how a disabled child or person can control (by eye movement alone) not only things on the TV screen, but other equipment within the room.

It became obvious to the Rotary members that the staff are incredibly proud of their school and its achievements.

The club has indicated that it will monitor future needs of the school.