In addition to the rolling maintenance program for Breckenbrough we are very fortunate to have the support of families, previous students and the public who kindly donate their time and money fundraising for the school to further enhance our provision.
There is another way you can help.
By doing your online shopping through a website called EasyFundraising which pays us commission on your purchases you can ensure that between 1% and 15% of the amount you spend is donated to Breckenbrough. They even have a handy donation reminder toolbar that you can download and shows a little reminder every time a donation is available when you’re shopping online.
Congratulations and a huge thank you to parent Anna Fitzgerald, she ran a 10K at Aberdeen recently, raising funds of over £575 for Breckenborough.
Following on from fundraising over 2016 and 2017 Breckenbrough are celebrating success in receiving financial support from the Ed DeNunzio Trust. This means we achieved our fundraising target for this project and are now be able to renovate an old home economics kitchen into an exciting Independent Living Skills (ILS) Hub, providing a bright and modern space for life skills learning and practical skills application for cooking, cleaning and other competencies required for their pupils to live independently.
As part of our social education curriculum we offer a range of formal and informal opportunities to learn about daily life and acquire the knowledge and skills to live as independently as possible. The new ILS Hub will allow pupils to learn about budgeting, menu planning, practical skills in food preparation and the basic skills to keep a healthy home. Staff are hopeful we may also identify those pupils with a keen interest in cooking and hospitality who may be interested in catering as either a weekend job whilst young or a career in adult life.
We all know that some pupils with ASC find it difficult to manage daily tasks such as washing, dressing and keeping a house clean. They may also find it difficult to experiment with foods and sometimes will eat only a certain brand or individual food groups. To move forward in life, food in general is very important both in day to day life for our personal nutritional intake and enjoyment and in the larger context of group socialising either in the home, college or work. Through the ILS hub we will be able to promote healthy eating and self-sufficiency for all pupils.
This new facility will directly benefit all current and future pupils. It is especially important for pupils who are academically able and are preparing to go on to Further and Higher Education. Without the skills needed to cook and care for themselves it is highly unlikely that pupils will be able to live independently which will undoubtedly mean that they will not fulfil their true individual social or academic potential.
Joanne Foster, a parent of a pupil has also shown support for the project and undertook the Great North Run in 2016. Through this endeavor she was able to personally raise £1700 which she has contributed to the ILS Hub project and alongside the support from the Ed DeNunzio Trust has ensured this vital project can go ahead. We thank Joanne immensely for her support.
June 2017: The renovation is complete and in use, thanks to all who supported us with this project
Following on from our Murder Mystery fundraising event in March 2015, we finally reached our fundraising target for our multi sports pitch to be built on the back field.
As soon as the summer holidays started, work was underway to install the pitch and have it up and ready for the boys return in September. The pitch is a huge success with the boys and sports activities are now coordinated each lunch time by PE Teacher, Adam Price.So far this term we have played football, dodge ball , hockey and basketball – all of which are a popular choice with the students.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped us reach our fundraising goal so far. Watch this space for more fundraising events coming your way soon.