Donation helps light the way for students getting closer to nature

Children at a special school in the Westcountry will benefit from new solar lighting thanks to the help of leading fire and security specialist LogiScan.

The company – based near Wellington – has donated £300 to Bidwell Brook School in Dartington for young people aged 3 to 19 with severe or moderate learning difficulties.

The money will help fund the new lighting for an outdoor classroom in a rural skills area, a key part of the educational provision for the 100 students who attend the school.

LogiScan heard about the charity from one of its domestic customers, a mother whose son attends Bidwell Brook School, and she asked if the company could help.

Robin Myatt, Service Manager at LogiScan, said: “When we found out what an invaluable role the rural skills area plays in the lives of children at the school, we wanted to contribute.

“Local community engagement is very important to us as a company and we saw this as a particularly deserving cause.”

The rural skills area is designed to enable students to learn outside a traditional classroom setting and help them better connect with nature and the environment.

It gives them the opportunity to take part in a number of practical ‘forest school’ activities and see the wildlife around them. The area also features an allotment where students grow flowers and vegetables to sell in a local plant sale at nearby Totnes.

Lesley Williams, of the Learn to Live Federation, which both Bidwell Brook and Ellen Tinkham School in Exeter are part of, said the donation would really help meet the cost of the new lighting.

“The rural skills area brings so much pleasure and enjoyment to the students and we really appreciate the help from LogiScan. The solar lighting will make such a difference in enhancing the outdoor experience for both students and staff alike,” said Lesley.