NatWest and customers team up to support Hatton School & Special Needs Centre

NatWest and customers team up to support Hatton School & Special Needs Centre

The commercial banking team from NatWest in Romford has selected Woodford Green's Hatton School & Special Needs Centre as its charity partner for 2011 and has already teamed up with its customers to raise funds through some physical challenges.

29 June 2011

Hatton School & Special Needs Centre is focused on primary aged special needs provision. Through the school and their outreach support service they offer a range of curriculum and learning opportunities for pupils with a range of special needs. They have developed a particular expertise in meeting the needs of pupils with social communication difficulties including autism and those with specific language impairments and disorders.

So far this year, the NatWest team has already completed a sponsored walk around London's ten iconic bridges which should bring in £3,000. A team of 29 staff have just completed a sponsored climb of Britain's highest peak, Scafell Pike which should raise £4,000.

The bank's customer Sue Floyd of Chigwell Construction London Ltd recently undertook a "wing walking" challenge on a small light aircraft. Donations from Sue's friends and business associates raised £4,050. The company are also donating £4,050 as a result of Sue's efforts which were inspired by the brother of Sue's husband Dean, who was a pupil at Hatton.

As well as raising funds, the NatWest staff have also spent a couple of days at the school renovating an outside area, which involved rubbing down a wooden cladded area, re-staining it and decorating with Disney characters.

Speaking about their activities, Jo O'Connell from NatWest said: "Every year as a team we like to undertake some charitable activity that gives back to the local communities where we all live and work. We have all been impressed by the work of the staff at Hatton and have a clear aim to raise as much money as we can to support these sterling efforts. Sue's contribution has been superb and makes a real material difference to the amount we can raise this year."

Sue Blows, head teacher at Hatton School & Special Needs Centre adds: "We are grateful for the support this year of the team at NatWest in both a practical and financial manner. This all helps in our aim to ensure that Hatton creates a warm and inviting environment which encourages participation and trust."

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