School reaches out its support to disabled children in Africa

Percy Hedley School pupils with Rosie Brister and the donated equipment for Kyaninga Child Development Centre.
Percy Hedley School pupils with Rosie Brister and the donated equipment for Kyaninga Child Development Centre.

A special school in North Tyneside has stepped forward to help disabled children in Africa.

Percy Hedley School in Killingworth has donated a range of specialist equipment to the Kyaninga Child Development Centre (KCDC) in Uganda, which provides rehabilitation for children with disabilities.

Since October KCDC has treated 483 children and provided 135 pieces of equipment, such as wheelchairs, walking frames and splits. However, its work relies on fund-raising and donations.

Percy Hedley has given standers, chairs, walkers, an all-terrain buggy, walking sticks and leg gaiters, as well as handing over books, splints and orthotic equipment donated by Peacocks Medical Group in Newcastle.

Allen Harrison, who organised the donation at the school, said: “It is fantastic to know that children on the other side of the world will benefit from this equipment.

“We hope it can make a real difference to their lives.”

Rosie Brister, from KCDC, said: “The large amount of equipment donated by Percy Hedley School will have a massive impact on the lives of some of the children currently accessing KCDC.

“Standards and walkers are especially important in promoting our young people’s mobility skills so we can’t thank Percy Hedley School enough for its generous donations.”