High Park School’s fundraising officer, Sharon Tyler-McDonnell (middle), Ann Andrew, Principal of High Park School, (right) receive the cheque from John Watson (left), Victoria Lodge’s Charity Steward
Bradford-based High Park school - an all range specialist school for pupils with communication and interaction difficulties – has been given a £3,500 financial boost from the Freemasons.
The grant, which will be used to help purchase sensory equipment in its multi-sensory experience “cube room”, has come from the Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund, which are presented on a quarterly basis, with each recipient being nominated by individual Masonic Lodges across the region.
The school, located at Thorn Lane, Heaton, was one of 24 organisations to receive grants totalling £35,630 from the latest round of funds.
It was nominated by the members of Victoria Lodge, which meets at the Midland Hotel in Bradford.
Each year, the Province of Yorkshire West Riding presents grants adding up to £200,000, but, to mark the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Province’s bicentenary, this figure rose to £300,000.
Ann Andrew, Principal of High Park School, said: “This is fantastic news for our children and we are truly grateful that the Freemasons are kindly donating this grant.
“As a specialist school for children with autism, we are driven to provide deep and active learning that is meaningful and age appropriate.
“Children attend from all areas of Bradford and beyond. Recently, the school was awarded Autism Accreditation, the first and only school in Bradford to have the award recognising the bespoke provision which is essential for our children’s development and well-being.
“When John Watson, Charity Steward for Victoria Lodge, visited school, he really understood the needs of our children and the need to provide a personalised approach.
“The school requested funding to help pay for essential equipment in the Cube Room so children could enjoy bespoke multi-sensory experiences in a safe and supported way.
“We rely on the generosity of organisations such as the Freemasons to continue to improve our facilities for the specialist needs for our pupils.”
Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net/