Lord’s Taverners do their bit to help schoolchildren at Parkside School

New outdoor sensory equipment has been unveiled at Parkside School in Norwich, with some help from one of the UK's leading youth sports and disability charities.

The College Road school, which specialises in teaching children with special educational needs, has received �4,685 towards the new equipment from The Lord's Taverners.

Norfolk ambassador for the charity Stewart White, from BBC Look East, was on hand to officially open an area of the equipment and present the funding to the school yesterday afternoon.

Stewart is one of six Norfolk ambassadors for the Lord's Taverners, along with Bishop of Norwich Graham James, chef Galton Blackiston, cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, former British Army Chief of the General Staff Lord Richard Dannatt, chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal Peter Wilson and joint-majority shareholder of Norwich City Football Club Michael Wynn-Jones.

Barry Payne, headteacher at Parkside School, said: 'In recent years, the school has gone through major changes with more complex-needs pupils arriving and demanding a more sensory type curriculum.

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'Children with autism, Down's syndrome, global developmental delay and other major issues are all now attending Parkside School.

'The Lord's Taverners have enabled us to buy equipment that will be vital in supporting our pupils and on behalf of the pupils, parents and all the staff at Parkside School we would like to say a big thank for all their efforts and for thinking of us.'

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Recently the Lord's Taverners also donated �25,000 for a new sensory centre at The Clare School in Norwich, �2,500 for an outdoor table tennis table at Harford Manor School in Norwich and provided a �50,000 minibus for Chapel Road School in Attleborough.

Local Lord's Taverners spokesman Gary Towers added: 'The Lord's Taverners believe that sport and recreation is essential for all young people, regardless of ability.

'We are delighted to be able to support the staff, parents and pupils of Parkside School.'

Is your school receiving a major funding boost you'd like to tell us about? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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