WHEN Jenny Clark was about to celebrate one of her ‘big’ birthdays she decided that, rather than accept presents, she would ask for donations for the Lochside Support for Learning Base.
So husband Atholl and daughter Natasha (24) organised a birthday party in the Mercantile Golf Club and a grand total of £800 was raised.
Natasha attended the learning base in her primary years. “Sending her there was one of the best decisions we ever made,” said Jenny. “From her first day Natasha absolutely loved it, and it was away above our expectations.
“The staff were fantastic - a very caring team. One other thing I found out about a child with special needs attending a school like Lochside, which has a support base attached, was great acceptance by the other children in school. The kids from Lochside have a greater knowledge that some children are different from others.
“As Natasha got older and moved to another school, kids from other schools just didn’t have that same understanding of how to treat and be around anyone with special needs.”
The support base at Lochside has been in place for 30 years, starting with six children with additional support needs, for whom the school provides a high level of support.
Mrs Clark continued: “Lochside Support Base is a large part of our community. Mrs Rae of the support base is delighted to receive the money and she will be able to update some of the equipment. Teachers can look realistically at the possibility of taking the children on a train journey or to the panto. It is very important for parents to have such a wonderful facility available for their children.”