Sacks of fun as Pacific sled visits special school

A flying visit by a hand-made sleigh loaded with gifts helped make Christmas extra special for children at a much-loved school yesterday.

The red sled was built by the talented team who work at Pacific Building’s bespoke joinery workshop at their headquarters in Hillington, near Glasgow.

And the presents came courtesy of the company’s big-hearted staff who dug deep to make donations to buy gifts that would make a difference for the young ones at Greenburn Primary in East Kilbride.

Greenburn is an assisted support needs school for children with complex and profound disabilities, some of whom are non-verbal and have sensory impairments.

Many pupils have varied disabilities, rare genetic conditions and complex health issues, severe learning disabilities and profound autism, Down’s syndrome and epilepsy.

The school supports around 68 children, who follow an individualised education and care plan which includes sensory input and rebound therapy that uses trampoline bounce, momentum and rhythm to facilitate movement. 

Music and hydro therapy are also part of the programme, and there is a lovely play area outside to help children thrive in the great outdoors.

The school is active in the local community, and the staff – who are appreciated for their commitment, compassion and encouragement – often take the children on outings to extend their social and independent living skills.

The children are aged form five to 11 and they love sensory items, including Play-Doh light-up balls, spin toys, books and Paw Patrol characters.

Pacific were more than happy to oblige …

Lauren Gray, Head of HR and Admin, and Managing Director Gerard McMahon headed up the Pacific team in attendance at Greeenburn, accompanied by the joinery workshop staff.

Mr McMahon said: “What a fantastic day – and to see the kids faces light up when we brought in the sledge was absolutely priceless.

“It’s important for a company such as Pacific to give back to the communities in which they work, and we were proud to play our part.”

Head Teacher Maria Neil added: “What a fabulous gesture from the guys at Pacific – we appreciate their considerable talents as well as their thoughtfulness and generosity.”

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