By: Maxine Estevez
6th November 2019
A local special needs school is set offer cookery lessons to its pupils after being backed with a £1,500 donation from M6toll.
Rocklands Special Needs School, based in Lichfield, has been selected as one of M6toll’s monthly Drive for Charity in the Community campaign winners.
The fund aims to support community groups and projects across the Midlands as part of a £45,000 initiative.
The school provides enrichment opportunities for 14 children who have complex medical and special educational needs.
The donation will finance the cooking element of a ‘Dare to Dream’ topic, enabling equipment and ingredients to be purchased to allow the children to learn valuable cooking skills. The topic provides a balanced curriculum along with opportunities for enrichment.
The remainder of the funding will be used to pay for A Disney Themed Dining Experience during a visit to Disney Land Paris in December.
Claire Dryhurst, the Flamingo class teacher, said: “I have planned activities around the children’s favourite Disney films, and these encompass things they hope to experience.
“The cooking element of our topic will teach the children how to cook and link to the Disney film, Ratatouille. As part of our wow enrichment moment, we plan to provide a dining experience for parents, carers and VIP’s.
“The funding will help to provide unique opportunities for the children in my class to experience. We are delighted that M6toll have chosen to make our dreams come true.”
Since the M6toll opened 15 years ago, operators Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) have donated more than £1million to local good causes.
Maxine Estevez of M6toll, said: “We are delighted to support Rocklands Special Needs School. We hope that the donation will offer an educational experience which the children will not forget.
“Our Drive for Charity scheme is all about supporting the towns and villages surrounding the toll road, so we are pleased to have been able to make this contribution.”
This year, M6toll’s online scheme saw £20,000 given to ‘charity of the year’ Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, and dozens of smaller awards made to community projects. To find out more visit here