THERE was jubilant emotion at a Littlehampton school on Friday, celebrating the phenomenal success of a year-long fundraising campaign.
Staff and pupils at River Beach Primary School, York Road, watched as a cheque for more than £10,500 was presented to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
The school has never before raised such a sum for charity.
There was also the chance to see some of the charity’s trained dogs, brought in by their deaf owners.
Julie Butler, inclusion administrator, said: “We have spent a year fundraising for the charity. This particular charity was chosen as we have a special support centre in school for children who are profoundly deaf and are educated alongside their mainstream peers.
“There have been many fundraising events that have been held by the children, staff and parents. We have been supported by many businesses, locally and also nationally.”
Sue Bingham, a teacher and governor, said the hall was ‘overflowing with jubilant emotion’ at the culmination the fundraising effort.
“The year began with a wave of optimistic enthusiasm that £10,000 could be raised to sponsor a dog for someone with serious hearing impairment and with all the children and their families on board, money started to trickle in,” she explained.
Some children carried out events outside of school, others joined the sponsored Spell-o-Thon, classes held sales to raise more and the school tuck shop donated its profits.
Brave staff did their bit by abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower last summer, raising around £2,000.
The Hearing Dogs for the Deaf team made various visits to the school as the year progressed, taking in individuals and their dogs, which the children found inspiring.
The support centre at the school is the area unit for hearing-impaired primary school children, where specialised support is available as necessary.
Mrs Bingham added: “A cheque for £10,552.69 was handed over with all the children present. In return, they heard the news that the school had made it possible for a local 11-year-old to have a spaniel-cocker cross, who will be his companion for many years to come. What a great way to start 2016!”
Each class was presented with a soft toy dog in recognition of the achievement.
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