What a night to remember! After the last couple of years, we could not wait to open the doors again to a night of glitz and glamour.

Guests were invited to a ‘Roaring 20s Prohibition Party’ at The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, enjoying a sparkling drinks reception provided by Hellens Group, followed by an amazing five-course meal and fantastic entertainment throughout the night.

Vital funds were raised through our silent auction, sponsored by Lenore Specialist Care Limited, including prizes like signed football boots, glamping trips, and pizza & fizz! With your help, we raised a staggering £80,267.

“with your help, we raised a staggering £80,267″

For 15 years The Percy Hedley Ball has been one of the region’s most popular and enduring charity balls, attracting over 300 guests each year.  Since it began the ball has raised just under £1million to support disabled children, young people, and adults across the North East.

This all helps children like Nat. Nat is 10 years old and has attended our Percy Hedley School, in Newcastle, since he was a toddler. Sally and Neil, Nat’s parents, kindly agreed to share their story with guests at the ball, and to tell us what The Percy Hedley Foundation means to them.

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We’d like to give special thanks to our main sponsor of the night, Tolent Construction. The event was beautifully set up to transport you back to the 1920’s by Big Purple Events, while Watson Family Charitable Trust sponsored the amazing entertainment which was provided by North East band Hip Operation, followed by midnight snacks which were sponsored by Nixon Hire. And of course, a huge thank you to the ball committee and our many volunteers for their support on the night.

Take a look at our photo gallery, taken by none other than The Bigger Picture Agency. Don’t forget to tag us in your photos from the night!


Therapy Vacancies at The Percy Hedley Foundation

Are you looking for a therapy job after graduating, or for that career refresh? The Percy Hedley Foundation has vacancies in therapy roles. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a friendly and supportive working environment.

Percy Hedley School Vacancies:

Percy Hedley School provides all age (3-18) day and residential special education for children who have complex special educational needs including cerebral palsy, PMLD and those with communication difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. The physiotherapy department works collaboratively with teaching, nursing, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy colleagues to meet the needs of the pupils in a holistic and integrated way.

Physiotherapist (Band 5 or 6)

We require a qualified and HPC registered physiotherapist to provide input to a caseload of students with complex physical, communication and learning difficulties.

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Speech and Language Therapist (Band 5 or 6, Term Time Only)

We require a qualified and HPC registered Speech and Language Therapist Band 5 or Band 6) to provide input to a caseload of pupils with complex speech, language and communication needs.

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Hedley’s Horizons Vacancies:

Hedley’s Horizons offers a busy, vibrant and varied environment that supports disabled adults with cerebral palsy, communication and sensory impairments and complex learning needs including those with Autism Spectrum Conditions. We offer a choice of activities that meet peoples’ aspirations, needs and preferences, thus offering a very individual programme with support from a highly skilled and dedicated staff team.

Speech and Language Therapist (Band 5 or 6)

We have two exciting opportunities for a Band 5 and a Band 6 Speech and Language Therapist within the Therapy team working in Hedley’s Horizons to provide input to a caseload of people with complex speech, language and communication and dysphagia needs.

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Physiotherapist (Band 7)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and adaptable Physiotherapist to join our team. You would become part of an existing, dedicated team of therapists who strive to deliver best practice at all times

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If you think any of these roles are perfect for you, we’d love to hear from you. Check out our fantastic staff benefits here: https://www.percyhedley.org.uk/vacancies/staff-benefits/



Kieran is a member of our Northern Counties Post-14 class in the Hillcrest Centre, and has recently been awarded his Duke of Edinburgh, bronze award.

He has worked exceptionally hard to achieve this award, and was even lucky enough to have it presented to him by wilderness expert, Ray Mears!

 For his Physical, Section Kieran developed his rock climbing, and he can now climb routes containing overhangs. For his Skills Section, he worked on his cooking skills, helping to make the family meal as well as cakes and desserts. For the volunteering section (along with the support of his class) he worked in the orchard at the neighbouring graveyard.


Earlier this month Kieran even trekked from Keswick to near Penrith with a full backpack over a two day period. He cooked his meals and helped put up his tent, and slept in a tent for the very first time.


We’re all so very proud of his achievement, well done Keiran!

Northern Counties School – Remembrance Day

Pupils at Northern Counties School have been learning about Remembrance Day this week and thinking of ways they can remember the fallen. The Deaf Department got together Thursday morning and have been making a poppy wreath to show their respects.

Hillcrest pupils have also been busy this week. Jen’s class created some beautiful poppy prints, using hands and poppies. They also used their Forest School lesson to learn how to make poppies inspired by nature.

Annmarie’s class have made their own poppy window display.

Virgin Media Volunteer at Percy Hedley School

We were so grateful when Glenn, who’s grandson attends Percy Hedley School and who works for Virgin Media, approached Percy Hedley School to ask whether he could come in to participate in some volunteering. Both himself, and his colleague Geoff then arranged to come into the school for some volunteering days.

After looking at the Outdoor Learning area, rather than just helping out with some weeding, Glenn explained that they would team up with their contractor, Utility Support Solutions (USS) to see if they could get a better path installed, all at their expense.  In only a few days, the whole of the existing path, including a paved area, had all been taken up and re-laid with fresh tarmac!  Glenn and Geoff returned to tidy the area ready for the Grand opening on Monday.  

The work that these generous people have carried out has made a huge difference to school.  We now have an area that is accessible all year round, by ALL students at school. Here they are enjoying the grand opening complete with soup and marshmallows!

John, teacher at Percy Hedley School said “We whole-heartedly believe in the benefits of Outdoor Learning, and we want to bring learning outdoors to as many of our students who like, want and need it. Thanks to everyone involved in this. Hopefully in time many of you will get to see the sensory parts, the dens, the raised beds and other things that the team put on there. Thank you again to Virgin Media and Utility Support Solutions.”

Virgin Media O2 gives staff paid volunteering days to support community projects – either in-person or digitally – which helps them build connections to their local community. With 18,000 employees working for the business, its staff donates thousands of hours of time each year to help charities, community groups, and schools throughout the UK.

Glenn Hughes said: “We’re thrilled to have put our volunteering days to good use and made a difference for a truly incredible school in Newcastle. This project will help future generations of children going to Percy Hedley and seeing the happiness it brings to the children is amazing.”

Thank you so much to all involved!

Percy Hedley School donates over £1000 to The Dog and Cat Shelter

Last summer students from Percy Hedley School decided that they wanted to do some fundraising as part of a class project.  After some discussion, they agreed on The Dog and Cat shelter as a worthy cause and so they got in touch to ask how they could support them.

The class came up with the idea of a sponsored dog walk over the course of a week, to try and walk 5 miles each by the end of the week!


They had hoped to raise around £150-£200 so when the final figure was over £1000 they were thrilled! People were so generous with their donations and the Dog and Cat shelter were delighted too!

Love Island Party at Leybourne

When Kara asked for a Love Island themed 18th birthday party, the staff at Leybourne really did go above and beyond to deliver.

Staff pulled out all the stops including decorating Leybourne to look as if you were stepping right into the villa, with music and games, and some staff even wore bikini’s over their clothes so they would look the part!

Kara had a fantastic day with all of her friends, and it really shows in the videos of residents and staff singing along! What an amazing day!