Our Stories - Pinewood School

Have you ever thought about the work and cost involved in taking a party of kids to the panto?

Pinewood School had an outing to Edinburgh last Christmas and it cost £500 for tickets, £300 for buses and nearly £75 for ice creams!


Fortunately this year, they won't have to give it a second thought as the Teddy Bear Foundation has donated £1700 to be spent on fun days out for the whole school.

"I could not believe it," said Lynsey Findlay, a parent and treasurer of the Parent Staff Association at Pinewood School.

"I am new to fundraising. When Barry gave us the go-ahead within days of sending our request, I was shocked.

"Normally, you have to fill in 10 pages of application forms. Barry just said 'Yes' ".

Other trips will include the Low Port Activity Centre at Linlithgow, where Pinewood's kids can go sailing, canoeing and climbing.

And others will go on an overnight trip to the Carnwath Brownie House, where they will learn to do their own cooking.

Pinewood, in Blackburn, is West Lothian's only school for children aged between five and 18 who have a range of additional needs, including severe learning difficulties, specific syndromes and Autism.

The Parent Staff Association have also raised funds on their own, by organising a summer fayre, a ladies pamper night and a 'dress-down' day.

Lynsey Findlay's father, Jim Kerr, raised a further £1000 by walking the West Highland Way.

Hazel McPake, the school's Acting Deputy Head said:"Barry's generosity is very much appreciated."

Pupils at Pinewood School

Happy pupils at Pinewood School in Blackburn, West Lothian

Pupils at Pinewood School


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