The Cabbage Patch raises £15K for Clarendon School’s sensory room

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The Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham raised £15,000 for Clarendon School through the 2019 Cabbage Patch 10, enabling the school to build a new sensory room for its Secondary Centre, named The Sensory Patch.

Clarendon, part of the Auriga Academy Trust, is a day school in Twickenham for pupils aged 4-16 with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs. Secondary pupils moved into new purpose-built facilities in Twickenham in 2018, but due to budget the sensory room was left empty.

Thanks to funds raised by The Cabbage Patch 10, an annual 10-mile race in West London organised by The Cabbage Patch 10 committee of volunteers with The Stragglers Running Club, £15,000 was donated to Clarendon School to complete its sensory room.

The Cabbage Patch raises £15K for Clarendon School’s sensory room

The Sensory Patch

The Sensory Patch, which was officially opened on 17 January, includes various interactive lighting and projectors designed to help develop gross motor skills and promote engagement using cause and effect programmes, UV light, and specific resources to aid literacy and numeracy skills.

John Kipps, Head Teacher at Clarendon School, said: “We are enormously grateful to The Cabbage Patch. Our new sensory room, designed specifically for our secondary pupils with input from therapists and other specialists, will enable us to give our pupils excellent sensory experiences and to develop their skills in this area.

“The school has had an ongoing partnership with The Cabbage Patch and the organisers of the Cabbage Patch 10 for more than 30 years, and have received many generous donations over that time. These have allowed us to continue to offer a broad, rich and varied range of activities for our pupils, and to ensure that these vulnerable pupils can access the facilities and opportunities they deserve, beyond the classroom.”

The Cabbage Patch raises £15K for Clarendon School’s sensory room

A long-standing relationship

The Cabbage Patch 10 started in 1982 and has raised more than £150,000 for the school over the years. 

Stuart Green, who has managed The Cabbage Patch pub for the past 23 years, said: “The first year of The Cabbage Patch 10 raised £30 for the school. As the race has grown, so has the money raised. This year we reached £15,000 and we are extremely proud to have been able to raise this for a school we hold very dear to our hearts.

“We have always championed, campaigned and raised awareness and funds for Clarendon School, and it was always our aim to do something big for them once we raised enough money. We were originally going to buy the school a mini bus, but they were in desperate need of a sensory room, which once built, would be far more beneficial for the development of some of the pupils.”

The Cabbage Patch raises £15K for Clarendon School’s sensory room

A grand opening

Stuart, along with The Cabbage Patch 10 Mile organisers, was invited to the official opening of The Sensory Patch on 17 January.

He said: “Witnessing the official opening of The Sensory Patch was one of the most humbling experiences of my career. It was so lovely to see the difference that you can make. I know it will help so many of these kids to develop, and that does bring a tear to your eye.”

Stuart and his team at The Cabbage Patch help Clarendon School in several other ways, including helping to conduct mock interviews and offering the students work experience. The Cabbage Patch 10 will continue to fundraise for the school.

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Founders of The Cabbage Patch 10, Frank Dupree and Malcom Ellis, cut the ribbon to officially open The Sensory Patch.
The Cabbage Patch raises £15K for Clarendon School’s sensory room
The Cabbage Patch raises £15K for Clarendon School’s sensory room
Left to right: Harry James (Chair of the Auriga Academy Trust), Susie Connor (Trust Finance Director), John Kipps (Executive Head Teacher, Clarendon School), Frank Dupree (Cabbage Patch 10 Co-Founder), Stuart Green (Manager of The Cabbage Patch), Rosemary Ellis (2x winner of Cabbage Patch 10), Mark Viney (Fuller’s Operations Manager), Malcom Ellis (Cabbage Patch 10 Co-Founder), Primesh Khalia (Co-Chair of Governors, Clarendon School), Barbara Munro (RTS) and Claire O'Neill (Manager of Additional Needs, Clarendon School).

The Cabbage Patch is located at 67 London Road, Twickenham, South West London, TW1 3SZ. Visit www.cabbagepatch.co.uk for more information.

To find out more about The Cabbage Patch 10, or to register, visit www.cabbagepatch10.com

For more information about Clarendon School, visit: www.clarendon.richmond.sch.uk

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