Piggy banks all over the UK need homes!
Loads of money is being raised around the country by schools, offices, groups of friends and enterprising individuals who are finding incredible ways to feed our very hungry piggy banks. They've been hosting parties, creating small business schemes, selling crafts and delicious baked goods.The Pigs4Kids campaign benefits the national centre of excellence for special needs in the UK, Swiss Cottage School, Development & Research Centre, where vigorous research is used to underpin its teaching, allowing the ‘Swiss Cottage method’ to be replicated around the country and internationally. The Swiss Cottage method has been one of the most successful techniques in teaching children with special needs and has seen children progress to become valued and happy members of society.
Wow – look who’s holding our pig! The fabulous Niamh Cusack, currently starring in the award-winning ‘Curious Incident’, was more than happy to support pigs4kids, a campaign that helps young people with autism and other learning disabilities. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel about a boy with autism and the show has lead the way in ‘relaxed’ performances that allow families with a child on the autistic spectrum to enjoy West End theatre. Niamh Cusack is an esteemed actor who supports a number of charities working with autism.
The Pigs4Kids campaign received a boost last year with the promise of match-funding from the medical diagnostic company Sysmex. This spurred enough people to donate via their piggy banks so that today we were able to accept a cheque for £5,000 from the Managing Director, Keith Howes, representing over £10,000 in donations.
Keith has been a supporter of the school for a number of years and was impressed by the facilities and space available in the new building. He has a nephew at the school and is aware of the challenges facing children with special needs. Mr Howes was delighted to spend some time with Palm Class and joined in with the children while they sang their good bye song for him.