Tesco volunteers creates sensory tunnel for Harold Hill school
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 November 2016
Proud volunteers were delighted after creating a sensory tunnel at a school for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Tesco’s borough community champion Angie Brown, and her volunteers from different branches of the store, teamed up to create a 32m sensory tunnel filled with glitter disco balls, wind spinners, bells and squeaky doughnuts for Ravensbourne School, Neave Crescent, Harold Hill.
She said: “These children all suffer with either severe learning problems or a disability so it’s very difficult for them to socialise or do anything for themselves when they leave the school every day.
“We wanted to give them some quality of life, something to look forward to and to see them enjoying what we have created gives us a heart-warming feeling.
“It’s very rewarding knowing that we have made something so special.”
After making a trip to the school for pupils aged two to 19, simply to offer her assistance in sprucing up the garden, Angie’s creativity went into overload when she spotted the wired tunnel.
Putting on her thinking cap, Angie gathered the troops from Tesco branches in and around the borough to help decorate the tunnel with items that pupils would be able to see, touch and hear.
A helping hand was even provided for the school through the Community Payback scheme, with a group of offenders sanding down benches in the garden during the school holidays.
Principal Jane Murray said: “Ravensbourne is a very special school and we are very grateful to Tesco for all their contributions that have transformed our outdoor areas.
“Over several weeks many volunteers worked through the sun and the rain, painting and planting.
“Our pupils have complex needs and now will have full access to their sensory tunnel, accessing their environment whilst promoting independence.”
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