A HORSHAM school for children with disabilities has received a specialist chair from the town’s Rotary Club as part of their Making a Difference campaign.
In the first year of the Rotary Club of Horsham’s scheme they have worked alongside other agencies such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the Debt Advice Service, YMCA and housing associations, to help people who need a bit of money, manpower or advice to get through difficult times.
The Rotarians have donated over £13,200 in fulfilling 66 requests, and an additional £2,500 to help 51 needier families at Christmas.
One of the main beneficiaries was the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School in Comptons Lane, Horsham, where they needed a chair with weighing scales to ensure children received the correct dosage of their medication.
Headteacher Lesley Dyer said: “We’ve been wanting scales for years and years and we haven’t been able to find anyone who would fund them.
“They cost about £500 or maybe more.
“Lots of our children have complex health needs and we need to keep a check on their weight so it means we can get our children weighed properly and consistently on the same scales. It sounds like such a small thing, but it’s made a big difference.”
You Can Do It, a group which helps families with children with special needs received funds to help them expand their activity programme and the Rotary Club was also able to support the Phoenix Stroke Club to enable them to take their members away for a few days’ break.