Search

Swiss Cottage school staff set for London to Brighton charity cycle ride for Pigs4Kids

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 June 2014

Tom Casson (left) and Sean Bowen will take part in the bike ride. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Tom Casson (left) and Sean Bowen will take part in the bike ride. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Archant

Staff at a Swiss Cottage special school will cycle from London to Brighton to raise money to support its vital work.

A team of four from Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre will take on the 56-mile challenge on July 5 as part of the Pigs4Kids fundraising campaign, backed by the Ham&High.

The team comprises life skills teacher Tom Casson and teaching assistants Elliot Snape, Tim Elliston and Sean Bowen.

Mr Casson, 25, who moved from Birmingham to work at the school, said: “Pigs4Kids helps our work, especially within my role doing life skills. I’ve just come back from an exchange visit with a school in Sweden.

“There is incredible work that goes on across the school to give students opportunities they wouldn’t get elsewhere.”

The cycle team is aiming to raise £1,000 in donations for its efforts with every penny going to the Pigs4Kids fundraising total.

In September 2012, the Ham&High launched the Pigs4Kids campaign asking readers to help raise £60,000 to support the school in Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage.

The £24million world-leading school for children with special needs opened its doors to pupils in October 2012 after months of frustrating building delays.

Mr Casson, of Market Place, Hampstead Garden Suburb, said the school has already changed the lives of many of the children who have come through its doors.

He said: “We have students who previously would rarely be able to stay in a school for a long time. There was a student who hadn’t been in school for three years and he joined when I first joined and is still there now, that’s a success.

“We have got in-house work experience which is a big deal for some students who were not able to communicate with others. When you think about the progress in a matter of years, it’s huge.”

In his role, Mr Casson helps children of all ages – some with the most severe forms of autism – to develop essential day-to-day life skills including tooth-brushing and independent dressing.

“That’s what we want for our students, for them to be as independent as possible,” he said. “It’s just fantastic to see the results.”

To support the cycle challenge, visit justgiving.com/teams/teamswisscottage. To donate directly to Pigs4Kids call the Ham&High on 020 7433 0000 or visit pigs4kids.org

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

13:30

Julia Findlater, deputy headteacher at Portland Place School, gives her top 10 tips for revision success.

12:48

St Anthony’s School for Girls held a special Mother’s Day breakfast to celebrate their loved ones and to raise money for their two chosen charities.

10:10

Camden Council has pledged to keep the subject of mental health at the forefront of the agenda in its bid to improve the wellbeing of young people living in the borough.

Yesterday, 12:18

The future of a family centre which is battling a lack of funding is closer to being secured after 127 children took part in a fun run.

Yesterday, 11:32

A mother-of-nine and her nephew became innocent victims of a “vendetta of violence” when they were shot dead in their own home in East Finchley, the Old Bailey has heard.

Yesterday, 11:20

The Whittington Hospital’s fertility centre is opening its own sperm bank and calling for men between 18 and 40 to donate.

Yesterday, 10:52

A man was subjected to a “disgraceful and prolonged” sexual assault on a busy Victoria Line train between Finsbury Park and King’s Cross.

Yesterday, 10:33

Fire crews tackled a blaze that tore through a three-storey terraced house in Kentish Town.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now