Spalding to Skegness bike ride for new sensory space at The Garth School

Children and staff at The Garth School, including head of school Dr Richard Gamman (back second left), promote a sponsored bike ride from Spalding to Skegness on July 10.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Children and staff at The Garth School, including head of school Dr Richard Gamman (back second left), promote a sponsored bike ride from Spalding to Skegness on July 10. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Staff at a Spalding school are in training for a punishing, one-day bike ride from the town to the coast of Skegness in aid of pupils.

A charity bike ride has been organised by the Friends of The Garth School (FOGS) to raise money for new equipment to help children using the school’s hydrotherapy pool and for a new sensory room to improve pupils’ senses of hearing, smelling and touching.

The sensory garden at the front of the school was our biggest project and now we want to set up a new sensory pod for the children

Di Sawyer, chairman of the Friends of The Garth School

The group of riders will set off from The Garth School, named School of the Year (Primary) at last year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, at 10am on Sunday, July 10 and are due to arrive in Skegness later that afternoon.

Di Sawyer, chairman of FOGS, said: “FOGS will have been going for four years in September and in that time, we’ve raised a lot of money for The Garth School to help provide a sensory garden, iPads and iPods for the children, as well as improving the garden areas outside the school.

“The sensory garden at the front of the school was our biggest project for which we had a lot of support from local businesses and now we want to set up a new sensory pod for the children.”

The 60km bike ride will be started by South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes and it is hoped that the Mayor of Skegness, Coun Dick Edginton, will be on hand to welcome the cyclists to the seaside town at the finish.

Mrs Sawyer said: “One of our parents saw a sponsored static bike ride inside a supermarket and thought ‘why not do it as a real bike ride and get sponsorship for the riders doing it?’

“We’ve already had donations of vans to carry the bikes, but we need people to volunteer as marshals, to donate pumps, puncture and repair kits and to do the bike ride itself.”

Dr Richard Gamman, head of The Garth School, said: “I am delighted to be able to join the staff and parents who have already signed up to cycle from Spalding to Skegness.

“It is one of the great joys of working at The Garth School that we get so much support from our parents, staff and local companies to provide additional resources for the school.

“This bike ride is one of many examples of people giving their time, money and goods to improve the school grounds, provide new equipment and fund experiences for the children.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to them all for their past, present and future support.”

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