Cricket charity gives £25k gift

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A CRICKET charity has donated £25,000 to help give disabled children in North Tyneside more of a sporting chance in life.

The Percy Hedley School in Forest Hall was given the grant by the Northumberland and Durham regional branch of the Lord’s Taverners, a charity set up to give young people the opportunity to play cricket and try other sports or activities.

The money has been used to install a multi-sensory system at the school’s hydrotherapy pool, adding to the fun that the sessions bring to the youngsters.

Anne Coates, superintendent physiotherapist at the Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “The new multi-sensory equipment in the hydrotherapy pool will provide invaluable benefits to disabled children who have to struggle with the challenges of everyday living.

“In the warm water, these restrictions are reduced, giving the opportunity for free movement and exercise.”

Charity branch chairman Alan Wright said: “The Lord’s Taverners are delighted to assist the Percy Hedley School.

“It makes all our fundraising efforts worthwhile to see the pleasure it will bring to the children, their families and teaching staff.”

Des Bustard, director of fundraising and marketing for the foundation, added: “I am extremely grateful to the Lord’s Taverners for providing the children with this latest facility.”