The photo shows, left to right: President Jim Hargreaves, Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle, School students, President David Duckworth, Rotary club of Accrington, President Patrick McGinley, Rotary club of Great Harwood and Rishton and Mrs Angela Wade, Headteacher, Broadfield School

At a recent meeting at the Broadfield Specialist School in Oswaldtwistle, a cheque for £2,000 was presented to the School by the 3 presidents from the Rotary clubs of Accrington, Church and Oswaldtwistle and Great Harwood and Rishton.

This cheque was the result of the proceeds from the successful bonfire held in November 2016, (thanks to the local community who turned out in big numbers) which was organised by the 3 local Rotary clubs. Every year proceeds from the annual bonfire goes to local charities and good causes, and it was considered that Broadfield who do excellent teaching in community, should benefit from this donation.

Broadfield Specialist School, is a provision for students with a generic learning difficulties aged 11-19. All 132 students have an EHCP, Education, Health and Care Plan. The School is organised into 14 classes within three departments, Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. In each Key Stage there is a class for students  with more complex needs.

Lee Bentley, Extended Services Coordinator for the School said “ We very much appreciate this substantial cheque that has been presented to us by the three Rotary clubs, this will greatly help us finance some of the projects we have in mind, including sending a student and Carer to the Calvert Trust in the Lake District for a 4 night residential course.”

The Calvert Trust promotes mutual respect and disability awareness, and is geared to building confidence, gaining self esteem and a sense of achievement. It is aware that students are differently able, and everyone should be valued and deserves respect. The Calvert Trust understand that all challenges can be overcome, and the Trust is a place where people can find solutions to the challenges they are set.

Jim Hargreaves, President of the Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle said “ On behalf of the 3 Rotary clubs we are pleased to help Broadfield Specialist School with funds that can be spent on promoting schemes like the Calvert Trust, which  is so successful in the work they do. From past experience we are know that when the student returns to the School they are confident of meeting challenges that face them.”


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