Police help for Sunderland special school

The hydrotherapy pool at Sunningdale School
The hydrotherapy pool at Sunningdale School
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POLICE are making a splash with special needs youngsters in Sunderland.

Sunningdale School has been given a donation from Northumbria Police Charities Fund to buy specialised sensory equipment for the new hydrotherapy pool.

The Springwell primary school caters for children aged two to 11 with profound learning difficulties.

After four years of decidated fund-raising, a new hydrotheraphy pool was opened at the school earlier this year with specialist light and sound equipment, to meet pupils’ needs.

Paul Andre, Northumbria Police Charities Fund Trustee for Sunderland, said: “We were more than happy to offer funding for the hydrotherapy pool equipment through the Charities’ Fund which helps individuals, organisations and good causes throughout the Northumbria Police area.” Celia Wright, headteacher at the school, said: “The staff and children at Sunningdale really appreciate the support provided by the Northumbria Police Charities’ Fund.

“They have enabled us to create a bespoke provision that will make a real different to children’s lives.”

The Shaftoe Road school, launched its hydrotherapy pool appeal in 2009 to raise more than £300,000 to build the facility for the pupils and a big celebration day was held in July when it was officially opened.

As well as the pool itself, there are changing facilities with a hoist which can carry the children right into the water. A plaque has been put in place to dedicate the pool to all those who raised the money and made the dream of a new pool possible.