Children’s Hospital School to host fantastic fair

By Ruairi O’Connor

Poster for autumn fair

There will be fun for all the family this coming Saturday, from 10am until 2pm, at Willow Bank School, Simmins Crescent, Leicester, when the Children’s Hospital School in Leicester holds its Autumn Fair.

The fair will have 31 stalls and activities, indoors and outside for people to take part in on the day, making it extremely enjoyable for all ages.

Rachael Bean, who is organising the fair, emphasised the importance of fundraising for the school and its ability to carry out its work.

Mrs Bean said: “The Children’s Hospital School Leicester teaches around 950 pupils per year, aged from as young as three up to 18 years old.

“Our pupils’ conditions range and keep them away from their usual school for anything from weeks to months, or sometimes – very unfortunately – longer than that.”

Mrs Bean also spoke about the work that the school does and how vital it can be in all cases.

“Some of our children can be out of school long-term or at very key periods in their education, like in the lead up to their exams. This can cause a huge amount of anxiety and stress as they feel at risk of falling behind from missing out.

“Their education should not have to be sacrificed because they are too poorly to go to a mainstream school.”

The fair will be held at Willow Bank School in Leicester, which is the Children’s Hospital School’s special day school for children who are unable to attend mainstream schools, but are no longer hospital inpatients.

Alongside their Willow Bank site, the school teaches in the city’s Royal Infirmary Hospital and at Coalville Community Hospital. It also has an outreach team for those who are at home, but not yet able to attend school.

There are plenty of ways to help the school with fundraising and support, all of which are detailed on their website: https://www.childrenshospitalschool.leicester.sch.uk/.

One of the ways you can help the school is by donating your time and volunteering to help the school, this coming Saturday in fact! The school is running a ‘Beat the Goalie’ competition and is looking for people to try to save a few shots on Saturday, between 10am and 2pm.

Anyone that can give up an hour of their time on Saturday, get in contact with Rachael Bean at rbean@childrenshospitalschool.leicester.sch.uk.

Make sure you get down to the fair and support the school, it is sure to be an enjoyable day!

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