Brewers of Bexhill came to the aid of students of St Mary’s Special School and 6th Form College by providing materials needed to renovate their tuck shop.
The Beeching Road company claims to be the largest independent supplier of decorating materials in the country.
Five students from St Mary’s visited the Brewers shop, where they were shown around the store and then they mixed the colours for the paint, which were named after each of the students.
Brewers then provided each of the students with a goody bag containing overalls, paint brushes, gloves, the finished paint, mixing pots and a wet paint sign.
The tuck shop is an important part of life at St Mary’s as it allows the students to practice their communication and money handling skills as well as being able to provide healthy treats at break times.
Students are carrying out the renovation work themselves.
St Mary’s School and College is part of The Talking Trust, a children’s charity, and as such receives no grants or donations from Local Government.
St Mary’s caters for up to 160 children and young people, and employs over 250 staff based on the Trust sites in Bexhill.
St Mary’s was founded in 1922 as a special school for disabled children by medical professionals who wanted to provide the best possible start for young people who then had few opportunities to access education with support.
It has continued this ethos in the work of The Talking Trust.
A spokesperson for the school said: “We are a leading registered charity who provide non-maintained residential education and therapy for children and young people aged 7 – 19 who have severe speech, language and/or communication difficulties.
“ Almost without exception our children and young people also have complex needs which may include medical issues, learning difficulties and physical disabilities.”
Students recently raised £33 for the Sussex Air Ambulance by running a shoe shine service in the school.
The students designed posters and agreed a price of £1.50 was agreed more than 20 members of staff brought their shoes in on Tuesday July 7.
For more information on the charity and its services visit www.stmarysbexhill.org.
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