Lady Baldry visited Frank Wise School in Banbury today (Friday) to launch her patronage of the Griffiths Centre Appeal.
Work to build the new state-of-the-art building, which will cater their post-16 students, is set to be completed later this year and Lady Baldry met up with headteacher Sean O’Sullivan to speak to pupils and see for herself the work taking place.
The building will cater for 25 young adults with learning disabilities and replace the old portakabin building where the pupils are currently based.
The appeal aims to raise £100,000 to ensure the new facility is equipped with the very best resources and equipment.
Lady Baldry said: “I came along to the groundbreaking ceremony back in January and was talking to one of the governors at the school about the needs of raising additional funds, and they asked if I would like to get involved.
“The Friends of Frank Wise School are very much behind this and doing all sorts of fundraising, trying to put together a programme of activities. It is a terrific privilege to be invited to assist the school, I’ve always been aware of the fantastic work they do.”
The new building will cost £2 million through funding from Oxfordshire County Council and central government. It will comprise of several classrooms and a bedsit which will allow young adults at the school to be more independent in the community.
Mr Sullivan has also thanked the support of the Banbury public, who have helped with previous projects such as the school’s hydrotherapy pool and music room appeal.
He said: “We are tremendously grateful for the help of the wider Banbury community who have always committed strongly to supporting the school and are hopeful that with Lady Baldry’s assistance we can once again ensure that the young people who attend the school get access to the very best.
“The funding will allow us to buy specialist equipment such as a special spoon so a child can eat independently, to a frame that helps them to be in a standing position. It is creating and maximising the building so it can be the best it can be.”
To donate to the Friends of Frank Wise, visit their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/frankwiseschool.