Monday, 02 November 2021 09:18

Glasgow Fort staff start 6,256 mile trek for local school

Glasgow Fort staff start 6,256 mile trek for local school

Staff at Glasgow Fort are to walk the equivalent distance from Glasgow to Peru this week, raising money to install a state-of-the-art sensory room at a local primary school.

Groups of employees at the shopping and leisure park will walk the length of the Fort’s boardwalk 9,200 times between them, with a goal of raising £5,000 for St Rose of Lima Primary School.

Parents at the school have already raised £2,840 of the £6,000 needed for a basic sensory room, which will be housed in an existing empty classroom and have items including a bubble tube and mirrors. Any additional funds raised will be used to buy more items for the room.

One hundred staff members have already signed up to take part in the 6,256 mile trek, which starts today and is aimed to be completed by Friday, 6 November.

Phil Goodman, centre manager at Glasgow Fort, said: “When we heard of this fantastic community fundraising effort, we wanted to get involved and offer our support.

“It’s such a worthwhile cause we really wanted to do something special to help. This is a rather original idea and we hope that encourages the friends and families of those taking part to dig deep for the school.

“Thankfully plenty of people have got involved, with many more expected to do so – I might have had rather sore feet otherwise! We are delighted the staff here at Glasgow Fort have got behind this cause so wholeheartedly and I hope our efforts can help make a real difference to the lives of local children.”

The campaign has been spearheaded by Anne-Marie Lynas and Sarah Healy, local mums who have first-hand experience of children suffering from autism and ADHD.

St Rose of Lima Primary School in Craigend has 125 children with additional support needs.

Mum-of-two Anne-Marie said: “Children with these conditions can become overwhelmed in the school environment. At the moment, they’re often being sent home because there is nowhere in the school where they can have some timeout to get back on track. This is difficult for the children, teachers and parents.

“The purpose of this sensory room is that there is a quiet place that the children can relax and engage in their education in a calming environment. It’s going to make a real difference to the lives of children not only suffering from these particular conditions, but any child in the school who is going through a difficult time.”

Mum-of-three Sarah added: “We are really grateful to Glasgow Fort for pledging their support to the cause and making so much effort to raise these much-needed funds. We wish the walkers all the best of luck.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the children’s faces when we can make this dream a reality.”

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