Pupils at Belmont Grosvenor spread a little joy at Christmas
Pupils, staff and parents at a Harrogate prep school have helped spread a little joy this Christmas into the lives of children with disabilities.
Children at co-educational Belmont Grosvenor School have handed over a cheque for £2,000 to Nidd House, the Nidderdale Children’s Resource Centre, which provides valuable resources and support for children with physical and learning disabilities.
Belmont Grosvenor School, based in Birstwith, near Harrogate, along with its Magic Tree Nursery, cares for children from three months to 11 years.
Each year, the whole school community chooses a local charity to support, and holds a series of fund-raising events. Throughout this year, pupils, parents and staff have taken part into a wide range of activities, including sliming-the-teacher, crazy hair day and a charity ball.
Belmont Grosvenor’s focus this year was Harrogate-based charity The Rainbow Fund, run by a group of parents who have been affected by prematurity, illness and life-limiting conditions in their children.
But after raising about £250,000 during the past four years, through the kindness and generosity of local residents, businesses and Variety, the Children’s charity, The Rainbow Fund trustees have decided to wind the charity up – and asked Belmont Grosvenor to hand over their fund-raising efforts directly one of the charity’s beneficiaries - Killinghall-based Nidd House.
Staff at Nidd House aim to use some of the £2,000 to further develop the outside learning, play and sensory environment for its children and young people.
Outdoor learning and play is an important part of Belmont Grosvenor’s ethos –BGS is set in 20-acres of grounds and is an accredited Learning Outside the Classroom school. Youngsters enjoy regular Forest School sessions, have access to an outdoor classroom, amphitheatre and trim trail.
Emily Evans from Belmont Grosvenor School’s PTA said: “The children at BGS benefit greatly from the wonderful outdoor space at school so we are delighted that Nidd House will use some of the money we have raised to improve their outdoor learning, play and sensory environment.
“It was wonderful to meet the staff up at Nidd House and to see first-hand where our money can really make a difference to the lives of every child and young person who are supported by this great place,” she said.
Steve Olden, Deputy Manager at Nidd House, said: “The amazing donation from Belmont Grosvenor School will enable us to continue developing the safe, accessible spaces at the centre and delivering opportunities to push boundaries.
“All of the children, young people and staff of Nidderdale Children’s Resource Centre would like to thank you for the support and we look forward to sharing with you the achievement and progress we make in the New Year,” he said.
Belmont Grosvenor School, along with its Magic Tree Nursery, is an independent co-educational prep school based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, for children from three months to 11 years. The next Open Day is on Tuesday 29th January 2019 from 9.30 to 11.45am. For more information or to arrange a tour, visit www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk