IT firm raises £36,000 for special needs school

Technology services firm Circle IT recently raised £36,000 for a Cardiff-based special needs school after holding a charity ball.

The company organised the event to raise funds for the Princes Gate Trust, which will provide funding to Ty Gwyn School in Ely so it can build a gym.

Held at Exchange Hotel in Cardiff Bay, the gala attracted more than 300 guests, who quickly surpassed the initial funding goal of £29,000.

Set to be built for the next academic year, the gym will help students socially, mentally and physically. The school accommodates 175 students aged between three to 19.

Roger Harry, chief executive of Circle IT, spoke about his motivations for organising the event. He said: “My ten-year old son, Freddie, attends Ty Gwyn and the support we have, as a family, is simply amazing.

“We’ve seen just how different environments can affect behaviour and so we wanted to raise money to allow the outdoor gym project to become a reality so that the lives of all pupils attending Ty Gwyn can be positively impacted for years to come.”

Over the night, there was a range of performances, including East 17 and Britain’s Got Talent’s Kev Orkian. The event was hosted by Gethin Jones, and high-profile guests included rugby internationals Tom Shanklin, Ian Gough and Rhys Williams.

Diane Stones, Headteacher at Ty Gwyn School, added: “As a state-funded school having the support of Circle IT and Princes Gate Trust has been incredible. We are over the moon that the outdoor gym will shortly become a reality.

“I can’t express how much this will directly positively impact the lives of our pupils, as well as their families and our staff. Having such a facility will help our pupils to increase competency in gross motor skills, whilst also helping to control obesity, improving self-esteem and social skills and encouraging them to lead an active lifestyle.

“On behalf of everyone at Ty Gwyn School I’d like to thank Circle IT and all their guests for putting on such a fantastic evening and for digging deep to raise a significant amount of money.”