Earlier in 2016, Alan Durrans from Spitfire Properties LLP took on the challenge of running the Brighton Marathon in support of Heathermount School, finishing in just under 5 hours. To add to this great achievement, Alan also competed in the 3 Peaks Challenge and the Tough Mudder challenge, which he did with Nicole Durrans and Carly Ormerod from Heathermount School raising £1,400 in the process.

Heathermount School has since used the money to build the new soft play area in the Early Years’ classroom. The soft play area allows the students to not only play but to build and strengthen their coordination and gross motor skills, which many of the children find challenging early on.

Alan chose to raise money specifically for Heathermount School as his friends and family have worked with children who have autism and wanted to show his support: “Supporting the school is a very worthwhile cause and I wanted to give the children some fantastic resources to help with their development.”

Headteacher Ruth Bovill said:

We can’t thank Alan enough for his hard work and support, and are delighted to be able to give the children the soft play area, which is invaluable for their development.

Alan, along with his colleagues at Spitfire Properties, will be hoping to raise more money for the school by participating in the Brighton Marathon in April 2017 and the Windsor Half Marathon in September 2017.

At Heathermount all students are helped to become independent, confident young adults who are able to leave school and enter the world of further education or employment. No student has left Heathermount and become a government statistic for Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). All have either progressed to colleges of further education or into the world of work.

Our person centred approach is critical to the success of every one of our students, and there is a strong commitment to a positive and progressive school experience. The key to success for students lies within our capacity to individualise the learning experience around the young person's strengths and autistic needs.

To find out how you can fundraise for Heathermount School and The Disabilities Trust, please visit our Get Involved page.

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