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Freemasons help pupils at Hebburn school stand tall

Keelman's Way School headteacher Paula Selby receive funds from the Freemasons.
Keelman's Way School headteacher Paula Selby receive funds from the Freemasons.

Pupils at a South Tyneside school who are confined to wheelchairs are now being able to stand tall, thanks to the generosity of Freemasons.

Older students at Keelman’s Way School in Hebburn are now the proud owners of The Supine Stander – Type 3.

It is such an important piece of equipment. We are really grateful for the donation.

Paula Selby

The specialist equipment supports people in wheelchairs to stand up straight and take part in activities they would otherwise be denied.

The school already has similar equipment for its younger pupils but until now has been unable to afford a stander for older students.

Headteacher Paula Selby said: “The equipment is quite expensive to buy so we are really grateful for the donation we’ve been given by the Freemasons.

“It is such an important piece of equipment as it allows them to take part in so many more activities.”

Freemasons from Hebburn and Jarrow raised £4,000 towards the cost of the equipment, which included a donation from Ann Taylor in memory of husband Jimmy, who was a Hebburn Freemason.

It was boosted by a non-masonic grant of £1,000 from Durham Benevolence Fund after the school’s plight was raised by Freemason Bob Weetman.

Freemason Paul O’Doherty said: “The visiting Masons were openly impressed by the hard work and professionalism shown by all those involved with Keelman’s Way school in their determined efforts in providing a first-class environment and service to the children in their care.”

For more information on the school visit www.keelmanswayschool.co.uk