Percy Hedley School competes in Panathlon Challenge

Panathlon is a national charity which gives thousands of young people with disabilities and special educational needs the opportunity to take part in competitive sport. This year, students at Percy Hedley School have taken part in lots of activities. All the activities are skill-based and feature simplified and varied competitions which will develop confidence and self-belief in every individual.

We’re incredibly proud of our students that have been representing Percy Hedley for the Panathlon challenge.

From target throwing, curling, basketball hoops and tennis… a lot of fun was had, while getting active in competative sport!

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Lloyds Bank Volunteer Day at Chipchase House

A group of staff from Lloyds Commerical Bank in Newcastle City Centre came along to Chipchase House to volunteer their time to transform an unused area of the grounds into the perfect garden space for growing plants.

The day was spent cleaning the space, refreshing the walls with paint after sanding old paintwork, and building a mini greenhouse. The volunteers even went to the effort of buying some seeds and new plants with their own funds.

A huge thank you to Graham Lowes, Elaine Gill, Rosalind Hetherington, Lisa Hay, Stuart Harper and Tom Hibbard for your efforts and kindess.

Staff and Residents at Chipchase are overjoyed with the newly transformed space, and plan on using it as a new activities zone.

The High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear visits Northern Counties School

The High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, David W Bavaird, paid a visit to children at Northern Counties School to teach us all about the history and role of a High Sheriff.

There have been High Sheriffs for at least 1,000 years. The appointment is actually the oldest in our country. The original ‘Shire Reeves’ were Royal Officials appointed to enforce the King’s interests in a County, in particular the collection of revenues and the enforcement of law and order.

Many of the early Sherriff’s of Northumberland came from well know Northumbrian families, Armstrong, Delaval, Percy, Grey, Bewick, and Collingwood.

The children were even able to teach the High Sheriff that our very own Armstrong Department is originally named after the Armstrong family, who made a financial donation to what was Northern Counties School for the Deaf, back in the 1800s. Lord Armstrong of Cragside was a high sheriff in 1899.

The High Sheriff was also able to enjoy a brilliant performance from our Signing Choir!

Nurses’ Day 2022

As part of Nurses’ Day 2022, we’re celebrating the incredible difference nursing staff make to patients’ lives across the UK by sharing our own stories showcasing the very #BestOfNursing.

Despite working through challenging circumstances, nursing staff continue to go above and beyond to deliver highly skilled, safety-critical care every single day. 

Percy Hedley Foundation have an experienced team of Registered Nurses working in our educational services.  They work tirelessly to support their colleagues, students, service users and families throughout the year.  They have been recognised by the NHS for their excellent work, to name a few, in continence advice, sexual health and immunisation services.

Our Foundation Nursing Team provide an outstanding learning environment for Student Nurses and have been awarded a top marks ‘excellent’ score for their support from Northumbria University as well as achieving NHS ‘You’re Welcome’ accreditation.

Here we have:

Lindsay Louise Elliott

Lindsay is Percy Hedley Foundation Lead Nurse who writes and oversees clinical policies and procedures as well as supporting the School Nursing Teams.  Lindsay also supports Hedleys College, Horizons and The Hub.  Lindsay supports Central Services with clinical advice and input and has an interest in streamlining services, service improvement,  nutrition, and health.  Lindsay works with Northumbria University and is a Practice Supervisor and Assessor, including being on the panel for Student Nurse interviews.

Lisa Logan

Lisa is one of the very experienced  Registered Nurses who is a School Nurse at Percy Hedley School.  Lisa has an interest in improving links with the NHS and improving services and has used her extensive experience to support education staff, especially with training and clinical skills.  Lisa has recently been involved with improving links with the regional continence teams and this has resulted in a joint documentation, which has been a huge achievement.  Lisa has recently been involved with medicine administration improvement in School and empowering staff through training, support, and advice.

Karen Loughney

Karen is one of the Registered Nurses who is a School Nurse at Percy Hedley School.  Karen is a very experienced and knowledgeable nurse, who uses her expertise to support education staff care for the children in school.  Karen has an interest in emotional support and health promotion and has taken the nursing service forwards with her service improvement ideas such as working more in the classrooms alongside the education staff. Karen has recently been involved with improving medication administration in School and is working towards a whole new system in September. 

Laura White

Laura is an experienced Registered Nurse who is a School Nurse at Northern Counties School.  Laura uses her experience from working with a wide range of services, in a range of environments, to enhance the long-term health impacts for the children at School.  Laura has an interest in child and adolescent mental health, developing life skills and is a keen advocate for the STOMP campaign.  Laura has recently been working to build up relationships with the NHS and was recently commended by the NHS for her work around immunisations.

A Message to Parents from CEO John Knight

We’re delighted to announce John Knight officially joined us on Monday 21 March as our new Chief Executive.  John joins us with more than three decades of experience in the charity sector working with many organisations committed to helping children, young people and families.

Here’s a short video from John introducing himself.

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Hellens Group pledges to raise £50,000 for The Percy Hedley Foundation

In 2023, The Percy Hedley Foundation turns 70 years old, and Hellens Group, a North East-based property and construction firm, is turning 50. As part of their celebrations, they wanted to raise an incredibly generous £50,000 in aid of our Foundation.

Over the next year, in the lead-up to their 50th birthday, the team at Hellens Group will be working on a series of fundraising activities to hit or exceed their target.

Kate Hellens, managing director of Hellens Residential said:

“We are enormously excited to be approaching our 50th anniversary. And what better way to celebrate than by setting ourselves a stretching target of raising £50,000 to support the invaluable work of The Percy Hedley Foundation. We have already kicked off our fundraising, and we hope the amazing North East business community and our development partners will all get stuck in over the next twelve months.”

We’re incredibly excited to see what the team at Hellens Group have planned over the next year, and we’re very grateful they have chosen to support our charity.

John Knight, chief executive here at The Percy Hedley Foundation said:

“We are delighted that our fantastic supporters Hellens Residential have chosen to fundraise for us during this special anniversary year, both for them and for us as we approach our 70th anniversary. After a very difficult two years which have had a significant impact on our ability to raise vital funds, the money raised will make a huge difference to the children and young people we support.”

If you would like to help The Percy Hedley Foundation celebrate our 70th Birthday in 2023 by becoming a partner in fundraising, or having us as your Charity of the Year. Get in touch!

Red Nose Day Fun 2022

Red Nose Day is always a fantastic day to support other charitable causes here at the Foundation, and this year was not disappointing!

Percy Hedley School held some brilliant fun, games and events, including getting to soak teachers and support assistants! What could be better than that?

While residents at Chipchase enjoyed cake decorating and dressing up!

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Fundraising for Ukraine at Northern Counties School

On Friday 18th March, as part of Red Nose Day activities, everyone at Northern Counties School decided to do everything they could to raise important funds for Save The Children in aid of refugee children fleeing Ukraine.

Children throughout Northern Counties came together to create different arts and crafts to sell, and all money raised was donated. They made painted candle holders, friendship bracelets, tote bags, and painted hanging decorations. Everyone also enjoyed Ukraine flag tattoos, a delicious bake sale, and a raffle.

Teachers went all out to make it as fun as possible with fantastic activities like a sensory corner and a tumble splatter station with water balloons. You can tell just how much children enjoyed it by how covered they were in mess from the fun!

Please see our full gallery below of everything we got up to!

Rainbow Day – LGBTQ+ History Month

As part of LGBTQ+ History Month, parts of the Foundation took part in Rainbow Day as a way to celebrate and learn.

Northern Counties School took part in rainbow related crafts throughout the day. Students created their own rainbow flags and rainbow tie-dye t-shirts to wear for their fantastic pride march in the afternoon. At the pride march there was music, parachute games and lots of dancing!

Chipchase House got stuck in painting pride flags as well as having an educational presentation in the lounge. Later residents and staff enjoyed a karaoke session honouring some of the great LGBTQ stars!

Take a look at a video roundup of the day at Northern Counties:

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