FOR the past three years an aviation company has been going the extra mile to help out a special school.
Staff at H and S Aviation, based in Hilsea, have climbed mountains, renovated classrooms and even provided a Father Christmas and some elves.
Yesterday they handed over a cheque for £10,000 to Rachel Madocks School, in Eagle Avenue, Cowplain, which means they can buy two top-of-the-range plasma screens.
Phil Jupp is the man driving the fundraising.
His nine-year-old niece Abigail Thomson is a pupil at the school. She has cerebral palsy and the help she receives from the school prompted Mr Jupp to put the charity forward for BBA Aviation’s Charitable Giving Programme, a group-wide initiative. The 35-year-old operations co-ordinator, said: ‘The school does an amazing job in very tough circumstances.
‘They do the very best they can for all their students.
‘In my opinion the staff do a very, very good job, but it’s not just a job to them.
‘They care so much about the children and it really shows.
‘It’s been a pleasure to raise the money for them and we’ve had a lot of fun while we’ve been at it. Climbing the three peaks was excellent.’
Coleen Smith is business manager for the school, which is for pupils who are severely disabled.
She said: ‘This money means a great deal to the school.
‘We are going to purchase interactive portable plasma screens for our new classrooms which are due for completion next month.
‘They are perfect for our pupils who have special needs and some are in wheelchairs, because they are adjustable.
‘The staff at H and S have been tremendous.
‘They have supported us so much and they have definitely become friends of the school.
‘At Christmas they bought every class a present. One has been our Father Christmas for the past two years.
‘We are so very grateful to them.’
BBA Aviation is the owner of H and S and decided to give the company £10,000 to donate to the school.