The Collett School urges businesses to take on challenge of turning £100 into £1,000 to help with ambitious expansion plans

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A school for children with learning difficulties is challenging businesses to turn £100 into £1,000 in a bid to gain financial support for expansion plans.

The Collett School, which is marking half a century of teaching this year, wants to provide more classrooms and facilities for the young people it serves.

The fundraising challenge running throughout April, May and June will culminate in a celebratory afternoon tea served up by students.

Project co-ordinator Gillian Lawton said: “They can do anything from having regular cake bakes to having a pram race to trying the stock market.”

The school in Lockers Park Lane, Hemel Hempstad, firstly needs to create a new classroom that will also be a sensory room and is expected to cost around £12,000.

New access to the school is required to accommodate the buses that bring in children from all over Herts and there are hopes of building a house where children can learn life skills to help them become as independent as possible in adult life.

Gillian said: “If we can get 40 companies to sign up that makes a massive inroads to what we are trying to do.”

A treehouse classroom and an artisan centre where older students would run a cafe that is open to the public are also on the to do list.

“It is very ambitious but I believe that we can do it,” said Gillian.

Businesses can find out more during a coffee morning at the school on Friday, March 14 from 9am to 10.30am. To attend call Gillian on 01442 398988. Those unable to make it can arrange another visit.