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Percy Hedley School donates specialist equipment to disability charity in Africa


May 23, 2017

A Tyneside School has donated some of its specialist equipment to a charity which helps disabled children in Africa.

Hedleys Percy Hedley School, part of The Percy Hedley Foundation, has donated several items to the Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC) in Uganda.

The centre provides specialist rehabilitation for children with disabilities, including physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, and works to empower them to more fully engage with society despite physical or financial constraints.

Since October KCDC has treated 483 children with a wide range of disabilities and provided more than 135 pieces of specialist equipment, including wheelchairs, CP chairs, walking frames and splints.

The charity relies on fundraising or donations to continue its work – Percy Hedley School was only too happy to help.

The special school, based in Killingworth, North Tyneside, has donated standers, chairs and walkers as well as an all-terrain buggy, walking sticks, leg gaiters and books.

The school also handed over books, splints and orthotic equipment donated by Peacocks Medical Group in Newcastle.

Allen Harrison organised the donation for Percy Hedley School and said: “It is fantastic to know that children on the other side of the world will benefit from this equipment. We hope it can make a real difference in their lives.”

Rosie Brister from KCDC said: “The large amount of equipment donated by Percy Hedley School will have a massive impact on the lives of some of the children currently accessing KCDC.

“Much of our existing equipment is quite basic and we simply do not have enough of it to meet the wide ranging needs of the young people that attend. Standers and walkers are especially important in promoting our young people’s mobility skills and so we can’t thank Percy Hedley School enough for their generous donations.”

By Emily