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.
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.
Hollywood heavyweight and Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey CBE is the newest star that is holding a pig in support of the Pigs4Kids campaign. The star of the much talked about ‘House of Cards’ on Netflix has always been a supporter of special needs in the UK and was the guest of honour at a Perfect Day, a huge public event in support of special needs teaching held in Swiss Cottage.
The American actor, director and artistic director at the Old Vic theatre in Waterloo, posed for a photo with his pig after hearing about the campaign from Marsha Lee, founder and chairman of the pigs4kids.