PUPILS at Castleford’s Pathways School released balloons into the sky to mark the launch of a £34,000 fundraising quest.
Youngsters and staff were joined by Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper for the start of a campaign to raise cash for a new sensory room at the Poplar Avenue school.
The Friends of Pathways School group will hold a series of fundraising events to collect cash for the new facility – including running half-marathons, bag packing at supermarkets and holding a raffle.
They also hope businesses across the Five Towns will donate to the fund.
Anne Lawton, headteacher at the school, which teaches youngsters with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder or a communication and interaction difficulty, said: “The sensory room will be an integral part of our curriculum. It will enable us to have a flexible, multi-sensory, immersive environment which we will be able to adapt to suit the needs of our very individual children.”
Ms Cooper added: “A sensory room is a fantastic facility that will enable students with autism to progress with their education.
“I am pleased that so many people have come forward to get involved with the campaign to raise money and I would urge people to get involved by contacting the school.”
Anyone who would like to get involved in the campaign – launched on National Autism Day – should email headteacher @pathways.wakefield.sch.uk or call 01977 723085.