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Parents rally to hold public meeting in bid to restart service after Dame Vera Lynn Trust school for children with motor learning difficulties in Sproughton closes

PUBLISHED: 13:22 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 18:15 13 February 2015

Staff and parents at The Dame Vera Lynn Trust school in Sproughton which is set to close.

Staff and parents at The Dame Vera Lynn Trust school in Sproughton which is set to close.


A public meeting is being held tomorrow in a bid to save a school for children with motor learning difficulties.

The Dame Vera Lynn Trust school in SproughtonThe Dame Vera Lynn Trust school in Sproughton

Parents have rallied together and raised around £10,000 since the Dame Vera Lynn Trust announced the closure of its School for Parents, in Sproughton, last week. The trust, which has run the school since 2010, said the closure was because of funding problems.

Parents and supporters of the centre, which supports 14 children who have difficulties with movement and conditions such as Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy, will meet tomorrow, at 11am at the school. They aim to raise £80,000 so the school can continue without the trust’s input. The school closed on Thursday.

Steven Lane, chief executive of the trust, said: “This has been a very emotional week which has highlighted the importance of this service and I urge the local community to get behind the appeal to set up a new charity and restart the service.

“Following a week of media attention covering the closure of the School for Parents at Sproughton I would like to thank everyone in the Suffolk area who have supported the Dame Vera Lynn Trust over the past four years.

“This has enabled the trust to provide a vital service to families with children under five with cerebral palsy.”

To donate and help towards the £80,000 target, go to: www.gofundme.com/lljtog. Parents have also set up a group on Facebook, search for “urgent appeal to save Sproughton School for Parents”.

Last week parents and staff spoke of their “devastation” upon hearing of its closure. Five part-time staff worked at the school which provided its services for free.

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