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Fundraising event secures new equipment for school

Funds raised from Harrow School's annual Long Ducker charity event have enabled Woodlands School in Harrow to buy a much-needed Acheeva.

Woodlands caters for 135 pupils aged 3-11 years with a wide range of complex and profound learning difficulties. These include severe autism, complex medical conditions, physical and mobility difficulties, as well as severe developmental delay.

The Acheeva is an adjustable learning station that helps pupils lie straighter and take part in activities in a supported, balanced position to improve posture and maximise function. It allows pupils who cannot sit in their wheelchairs all day to join in all classroom activities.

Fundraising at Harrow School last year has allowed us to implement a robust programme for people facing the greatest challenges, which have been intensified by the pandemic, and significantly improved the life chances of some of our most marginalised and vulnerable young people. Together, we have raised and disbursed nearly £250,000 through Long Ducker to support over 1,500 young people across Harrow and NW London. By the end of the year, with match funding and support from Harrow School, the total raised and given away will be close to half a million pounds.