The sporty students at Kirkleatham Hall School were the biggest winners on a day of celebration at our second-ever £20,000 Sporting Golden Giveaway.
The school near Redcar topped a public poll ahead of 14 other local sports clubs and projects to win a £5,000 cash windfall from charitable movement Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
Sport and PE is a “massive part” of education for the school’s students, aged 2-19, who have a range of conditions including autism, Downs Syndrome, and from moderate to profound learning difficulties.
Purchasing an indoor curling set for the students will now be top of the agenda for a school that regularly hosts sports as wide-ranging as Soccability, netball, table tennis, swimming, athletics and wheelchair basketball.
They received their £5,000 prize in a special presentation at the Riverside Stadium – home of our patrons Middlesbrough FC – from Trudie Chapman of Foundation patrons, Cool Blue Brand Communications.
Second place in the Golden Giveaway poll – and winners of £2,500, presented by Shaun Hughes of Erimus Insurance Brokers – were the Stockton-based Friends of Stainsby School of Gymnastics towards a new tumble track.
Winning £2,000, presented by Paul Drake of the Foundation’s new patron Sapere Software, was St Patrick’s RC Primary School in Thornaby, for new sports kit and equipment.
Other winners were:
• Guisborough Town Under-14s football team – £1,500 presented by James Dale of our new patrons Anderson Barrowcliff.
• Norton Hockey Club – £1,500, presented by Dave Nicholson of the Nicholson Group.
• Abingdon Primary School and Children’s Centre – £1,000
• Impact Fitness Zone – £1,000 presented by Alisdair Beveridge of The Build Directory.
• Firebird Gymnastics Club – £1,000 presented by Craig Rye of InBond.
• Eskdale Academy in Hartlepool – £750 presented by Jonathan Willett of Henderson Insurance Brokers.
• Cleveland Juniors FC – £750 presented by Trudie Chapman of Cool Blue Brand Communications.
• Billingham Amateur Swimming Club – £750 presented by David Badger of Hunters Estate Agents.
• Street League – £750 presented by Phil Lyons of InBond.
• Stockton Grange Estate’s Community Association – £500 presented by Shaun Hughes of Erimus Insurance Brokers.
• Juggling and Unicycling Stockton-on-Tees (JUST) – £500 presented by Shaun Merifield of Sapere Software.
• Dormanstown Community Sports & Social Club – £500 presented by James Dale of Anderson Barrowcliff.