On the last day of the spring term 2022, we held a five-mile sponsored walk with the aim to raise over £5,000 for local children’s hospice the Pepper Foundation and the Collett School, a Hemel Hempstead school for children with complex needs. With over 250 people in attendance, including pupils, parents, staff, some four legged-friends and special guest Pepper Panda, the event proved a huge success.
Headmaster Gavin Taylor says: ‘“This is a special event that not only teaches our pupils the importance of compassion and a sense of responsibility about the world they live in, but also shows them what can be achieved by joining forces. We are a purposefully small school that makes a purposefully big impact on our local community, and are grateful for the important work done by the Pepper Foundation and the Collett School.”
Chair of the Hertfordshire-based Pepper Foundation Pat Daley comments: “The Pepper Foundation raises funds for children’s hospice at home nursing services, supporting families and helping children living with complex health needs to enjoy the best quality of life possible. Thank you to Lockers Park for thinking of us: the money raised will go directly to help local children.”
28 pupils Collett School pupils joined the walk and Headteacher Jennie Witter observes: “The Collett School is striving to become a flagship for special education, and our mission is to support the children to grow in confidence, giving them as much independence as possible to enable them to be part of society and contribute to the community. We rely heavily on donations from a range of different sources including amazing fundraising events such as this. Thank you to our fantastic supporters at Lockers Park again this year!”