Here at ETL, our nominated charities are the heart of our events. This year at the Denbies 10, we feature Brooklands School located in Reigate.
Brooklands School is a primary school for children aged 2-11 with severe disabilities and complex needs, including autism.
The Friends of Brooklands School, better known as FOBS, is the Brooklands School Parent Teacher Association. We work in partnership with the school in raising funds to enrich the education of our pupils to enable them to reach their full potential, for example providing specialist play and therapy equipment, music therapy and adapting the outdoor play areas to make them more accessible.
An example of our recent fundraising is updating the Early Years playground for children aged 2-5 years. The importance of outdoor play for children with physical and developmental disabilities is huge and specialist play equipment provides a number of vital benefits, for example improved cognitive development, physical confidence, improved motor skills (i.e. walking, standing independently, balancing), social skills and inclusive participation in typical childhood activities.
However play equipment designed for children with disabilities is extremely expensive. As an example, a specialist Tom Cat bike can cost between £1,550-£2,400.
The Local Education Authority does not fund this equipment; FOBS relies solely on charitable donations to purchase this vital equipment.