Trowbridge based schoolwear supplier, Banner Ltd, (formerly BMB) is to donate a cheque for the sum of £500 to Larkrise School.

The cheque was presented by Bruce Freeland, Banner’s Group Operations Director, Claire Wadsworth HR Manager, and Ben Manning HR Administrator, to Head Teacher Phil Cook and Larkrise students during the school’s 3pm assembly on Friday 6th October.

The money was raised by Banner staff at a summer event which took place on the 21st July and organised by the recently established HR department.

Staff were invited to pledge cash to participate in a number of fun activities at the party, including throwing water-soaked sponges at Director, Bruce Freeland in the stocks!  Banner matched the amount raised by staff, bringing the final total to £500.

Larkrise School is a purpose built community special school designed to cater for children aged between 4 and 19 with severe learning difficulties including profound and multiple learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. Phil Cook is delighted that the school is the recipient of this sum of money.

Commenting he said: ‘We will be using this very generous injection of funds to develop further outdoor learning opportunities for students.  We believe that being outdoors can really help stimulate creativity and imagination and has a positive impact on personal and social development.  It can also bring about community cohesion and allow children to develop into individuals with the skills to make a positive impact on the wider community.’

Banner Group Operations Director, Bruce Freeland, who selected Larkrise as the beneficiary for the fundraising initiative commented: ‘Larkrise is close to my own heart for personal reasons as my niece (now 30) attended the school as a student and benefitted not only from a great education but also the support of a wonderfully caring and understanding staff.  Banner is delighted to have raised this sum and Claire and her department will be implementing a number of other staff initiatives over the next few months to continue to raise funds for both Larkrise and other educational establishments in our community. ‘

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