Pupils have reason to smile at charity event

A fencing session at Percy Hedley School.
A fencing session at Percy Hedley School.

Pupils at the Percy Hedley Foundation have enjoyed a number of summer holiday activities thanks to funding from charity Smile For Life.

The children, who were attending Summer Schools at Percy Hedley School in Killingworth, and the Foundation’s Northern Counties School in Jesmond, enjoyed juggling, Zumba dancing, pistol shooting and fencing and other activities.

The Summer Schools activities including day trips, theme days, sports sessions, arts and crafts and ICT activities. In addition the students, all of whom have a variety of disabilities, continue to work on their therapy targets and focus on the further development of their communication and social interaction skills.

Paula Gascoigne, Smile for Life’s chief executive, said: “We were delighted to organise and fund three-days of activities at the Percy Hedley Foundation.

“The three-days certainly did that and everyone had great fun.”

Carole Harder, chief executive of the Percy Hedley Foundation, added: “We are very grateful to Smile For Life for supporting both our Summer Schools. The funding they provided allowed our pupils to try a range of new activities.”