Grove School pupil Oliver Ferrier tests out the new bed


The Simpson McCreath Trust, in Berwick-upon-Tweed, has awarded a much-needed grant to nearby Grove School as part of its commitment to local initiatives.

The trust, run by local family-owned maltster, Simpsons Malt, has donated £5,000 to the school, which provides education and care for pupils with severe learning difficulties.

The funds will be used to purchase a specially adapted bed which will help staff to carry out essential physiotherapy programmes for pupils, which are currently carried out at floor level causing problems for both pupils and staff.

Penny Derries, Grove School’s head teacher, said: “Physiotherapy can be distressing and uncomfortable for some of our learners. As many of our pupils have very poor eyesight, the ability to practise physiotherapy sessions at eye level will be of great reassurance.

“We are very grateful to the Simpson McCreath Trust for their generous donation. As a school, we’re committed to ensuring the very best education and care for every learner, and this grant will help us continue to honour this commitment.”

Simpson McCreath Trust is committed to supporting local causes, having previously awarded grants to other local schools, sports teams and community projects.

Board member David McCreath OBE said: “Giving back to our community, particularly to young people, reflects our core values. We are proud to help make a difference for the students at Grove School with the addition of this very important resource for the pupils.”

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