Challenge helps make a real difference to special school

A group of staff from H and F Aviation refurbishing workrooms at Rachel Maddocks School in Weacock Farm.  Picture: Steve Reid (122552-027)

A group of staff from H and F Aviation refurbishing workrooms at Rachel Maddocks School in Weacock Farm. Picture: Steve Reid (122552-027)

Milly, a Bichon Frise, dons the gear and hops into her specialised travel bag on her owner's bike when they go on adventures.

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GENEROUS staff have climbed the highest mountains for a special school.

Staff at H and S Aviation, in Portsmouth, conquered the summits of the UK’s three highest peaks to raise more than £13,000 for Rachel Madocks School, in Wecock.

The company supports the school as operations co-ordinator Phil Jupp’s niece Abigail Thomson is a pupil there. The nine-year-old has cerebral palsy and the help she receives from the school, in Eagle Avenue, prompted Mr Jupp to put the charity forward.

As well as the climbs 29 members of staff also spent last week refurbishing four rooms and building outdoor storage – all in company time.

Mr Jupp said: ‘The care and support Abigail gets is first class. It’s not just a job to the staff, they actually do care about every pupil.’

He added: ‘Each classroom has a calm room attached where pupils with behavioural problems who need to be in a quiet relaxing environment can be taken for one-to-one tuition.

‘Some of the rooms just needed painting to give them a more calming feel but we added padding to two of the rooms.

‘There was quite a lot of building work going on.

‘The school has a lot of expensive outdoor equipment like specialist bikes and go-carts but they weren’t very easy to get to.

‘So we put up a purpose-built shed in a better location.’

A number of local companies chipped in to help out.

Cromwell Tools supplied all materials and tools free of charge and 2 Teck Electrical Contractors donated their services for free.

SK Interiors supplied and fitted new door and ceiling tiles and C Brewers and Son donated paint.

Coleen Smith, business manager at the school, said: ‘The support H and S Aviation has given our school and pupils has been absolutely amazing, we are so grateful.

‘Everyone involved in the project last week worked so hard, happily gave their very best and the result is brilliant.

‘We can’t thank them all enough.’

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