Dance the night away in aid of school for children with learning difficulties

Tring Auction Rooms' managing director Stephen Hearn
Tring Auction Rooms' managing director Stephen Hearn

An auctioneer is is joining forces with a special needs school to raise vital funds for its future development.

Tring Market Auctions’ managing director Stephen Hearn is hosting a dinner dance in aid of the Collett School in Hemel Hempstead, and is looking for businesses and individuals who want to donate prizes towards the cause.

Mr Hearn said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to help support and raise money for The Collett School which is attended by children from all across Hertfordshire, so it’s a cause close to our hearts.

“The team at the school has great visions to develop the school to help support the children further and we are thrilled to be a part of the fundraising needed to make this happen.”

Guests will arrive to a champagne reception on Saturday, November 22 at Shendish Manor in Apsley, with dinner, the auction and a disco to follow.

The school, on Lockers Park Lane, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and caters for children from the age of four to 17 who have learning disabilities and complex needs.

More than half of the pupils at the school are from disadvantaged backgrounds or families.

It is the only school in the county that caters for children with moderate learning difficulties, including autism and Down’s Syndrome, with nearly half of the pupils requiring regular visits to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for treatment.

To continue supporting the children and helping the school become a flagship for special education, the school needs fundraisers to secure gifts or packages that can be auctioned at the charity event in November.

If you or anyone you know can help, please call Gillian Lawton at The Collett School on gillian_lawton@hotmail.co.uk or 01442 398988.

You can also support The Collett School by buying tickets for the charity dinner itself.

Tickets are available at £55 and can be ordered via the school on 01442 398988. All of the proceeds will go directly to thr school, which is a registered charity.