• International Workplace
  • 14 July 2004

Workplace Law Runners Raise £1,500 for Special School

The Workplace Law Group took part in Cambridgeshire’s six-mile Histon Fun Run on Saturday 10 July in an effort to raise money for the Exhall Grange School in Warwickshire.

The six Workplace Law staff members – MD David Sharp, director Ciaron Dunne, training administrator Lara Kerr, marketing manager Ben Daft, field sales executive Neil McDiarmid and after-sales credit controller Jason Bane – braved the rain to run the six- mile cross-country race.

The team raised £1,500, which will be donated to the Exhall Grange School for children with visual impairments, physical disabilities, medical problems, learning difficulties and complex special educational needs. The Workplace Law Group supplemented the money raised through sponsorship by donating a further 20% of the funds generated.

Founded in 1951, Exhall Grange aims to offer equal rights and equal opportunities within a secure environment. Headteacher Mr Richard Bignell, who himself is blind, says the school strives to "produce confident, caring, resourceful young people by regarding them as of equal worth and maximising their full potential".

Exhall Grange students, of whom there are currently 121, are aged from two to nineteen years. The school places a lot of emphasis on technology which aids accessibility, is the first special school to become a science college, and has a 'Sports Mark Gold', acquired because of the number of students who have gone on to become paraolympians.

Asked how the money raised by Workplace Law would be used, Mr Bignell said:
"I will need to think about this now – I had no idea it would be such a large amount! It will probably be used for more IT resources, to extend the number of interactive whiteboards we have. Whiteboards replace traditional blackboards and utilise a projector and monitor. You can do all sorts of things on the screen and use video and so on. It’s a great technological boost in terms of making things more accessible for students."
The Workplace Law Group would like to offer special thanks to everyone who sponsored the fun run team, including law firms Masons, Dechert and CMS Cameron McKenna, Selbeckk Consultancy and Keith Bright Consultants.