A sponsored walk organised by the St Barnabas Church Line Dancing Group raised an outstanding £1,000 for St Mary’s School and 6th Form College in Wrestwood Road, Bexhill.
There were two walks organised, a five mile walk and a one mile walk.
Sarah Haines, from St Mary’s, said: “The five mile walkers set off from Hastings pier at 10am and met the one mile walkers at the top of Galley Hill, and everyone completed the walk together finishing at St Barnabas Church in Bexhill.
“Each walker was presented with a certificate and were invited to stay at the church for a ploughman’s lunch. Pupils, students, staff and friends of St Mary’s all took part in the walk.
“Sally Cowlard from the line dancing club attended an assembly at St Mary’s to hand over the cheque. Everyone at St Mary’s is very grateful to the club for their support and to those who took part in the walk.
The £1,000 money raised will be spent on improvements to the residences for the children and young people who board at St Mary’s.
St Mary’s School and College, part of The Talking Trust, is a children’s charity and as such receives no grants or donations from local government . It receives some funding from central government.
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 provides 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 the children and young people also have complex needs which may include medical issues, learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
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