Assington pub raises £4k for special school

New equipment at Hillside Special School has been bought with money donated by local groups including the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Assington.''Pictured: Ethan Cutts (5), Charlie Till (5) and Sue Upson ANL-140930-083941009
New equipment at Hillside Special School has been bought with money donated by local groups including the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Assington.''Pictured: Ethan Cutts (5), Charlie Till (5) and Sue Upson ANL-140930-083941009
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Regulars at a village pub have helped raise more than £4,500 for vulnerable children thanks to 12 months of fundraising activities.

The Shoulder of Mutton in Assington has managed to raise the amazing figure for Hillside Special School in Sudbury after choosing it as its chosen charity for the year.

The school has already used the money to help buy new play equipment.

Pub landlady Tina Braithwaite said she wanted to support a local cause rather than selecting another national charity, having previously raised funds for Help for Heroes and Clic Sargent.

“We are absolutely delighted,” said Hillside headteacher Sue Upson. “It will go towards new equipment – our play times will be more popular than ever.”

The school is attended by pupils with a range of learning, physical and sensory disabilities and has to offer play equipment that is accessible to their different needs. It educates pupils from three to 19 years old.

The money from the pub will go towards equipment for physically-able younger pupils, with a roundabout also purchased for children in wheelchairs to use.

Mrs Upson said she was delighted with the support that had come from the pub and its customers, and said she was surprised at how much money they had raised.

“It is an amazing amount of money,” she said. “We are incredibly grateful to those that raise money in the community for us, otherwise we would not be able to have these wonderful items.”

Mrs Braithwaite said they had enjoyed raising the money for the school.

Deciding on a different charity each year, the pub allows customers to come up with ideas on how to support the chosen cause.

“We thought we would do it for someone closer to home this year,” said Mrs Braithwaite.

Holding a family fun day, hog roast and karaoke events, it was a sponsored hair dye that attracted the most attention.