Talking Tots children with just some of the cuddly toys they have collected

Teddy bears' picnic for tiny rotate-a-ted fundraisers

10th September 2014

There were more that just the 'bear' necessities at a very special charity teddy bears' picnic.


The party in the park was to mark the start of Gatley Rotary Club's rotate-a-ted project.


Cuddly bears that have been outgrown by their owners are being given a new lease of life and new homes to raise money for Seashell Trust.


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Student Harrison Linley-Jones comes face-to-face with a Minion at Tesco Handforth reopening

'Despicable' fun as Tesco donates £250

10th September 2014

A supermarket marked its reopening celebration by donating £250 to Seashell Trust.


Students visited the refurbished Tesco at the Paddock in Handforth to join in the 'Despicable' fun. They enjoyed meeting a Minion from the film Despicable Me and trying out an Aston Martin for size as well as food tasting.


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Lilly Khalid, 12 of Cheadle, Momin Asghar, 14 and Safa Asghar, 13 of Wilmslow with Helen Mathie of Caremark

Summer fair raises £6,000 to celebrate trust's 60 years in Cheadle Hulme

10th September 2014

The summer fair raised £6,700 while celebrating the trust's 60 years in Cheadle Hulme.


Wendy Bray, Seashell Trust fundraiser, said: “We had hundreds of visitors, including lots of our students and their families, as well as members of the local community, our volunteers and supporters.”


Entertainment included LL Extreme Cheerleaders and the Alderley Scout Band. Caremark, a local home care provider, ran a sweet stall and lucky dip.


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Ethan Jacobs-Bassett from MGS and Seashell Trust student Elley Lomas

Manchester Grammar boys are volunteer heroes

10th September 2014

Seashell Trust got a summertime boost from kind Manchester Grammar pupils.


Every year a group of students help out at Seashell Trust during their end-of-year activity week.


The boys helped prepare for the summer fair by distributing leaflets, and organising the tombola and lucky dip stalls.


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Student Michael Bennett dressed up and ready to party

Royal College students celebrate end of era at prom

31st July 2014

Royal College Manchester students celebrated their leavers prom in style.

Family and friends waved off the 12 students in limos on their way to the party at the Hilton Manchester Airport.

Teachers and carers from the Seashell Trust-run college in Cheadle Hulme were on hand to make sure the momentous occasion was marked in a special way.

Every student was presented with an award by the head of college Bernie White before a meal and disco.

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Chris Chapman during Ground Force test

Students show off their skills in regional specialist colleges contest

31st July 2014

Seashell Trust has hosted a regional individual skills competition for specialist colleges.


Royal College Manchester, run by the trust in Cheadle Hulme, took on Derwen College in Oswestry and Condover Collegein Shrewsbury at cooking, gardening and cycle maintenance.


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CADS celebrated in Parliament as blueprint for integrated clubs nationwide

CADS celebrated in Parliament

25th July 2014

Seashell Trust's award-winning integrated sport clubs have been celebrated at the House of Commons.

The trust's groundbreaking Children's Able and Disabled Sports programme (CADS) is being used a blueprint for youth clubs to beat the loneliness of children with disabilities.

Staff and volunteers from the trust attended Jack Straw MP's afternoon tea reception to launch A Level Playing Field, a joint lottery-funded programme between Seashell Trust and OnSide Youth Zones. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and sports broadcaster John Inverdale were amongst the other guests.

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Diane Cox with Seashell Trust student Cayman Norton

Bringing the seaside to Seashell

25th July 2014

Volunteers from Equity Housing brought the a bit of the seaside to Seashell Trust.

After getting their hands dirty with a bit of much-needed gardening, the seven staff ran a seaside-themed sensory session with the students from Royal School Manchester.

As many of the students have poor vision and hearing, all the senses were used in the messy play with sand, ice cream tasting, singing seaside songs and seaside sounds and making collages.

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Hooray for Hollywood as ball raises £40,000

11th July 2014

Seashell Trust's guests got the red carpet treatment at its vintage Hollywood summer ball.

Paparazzi photographers made partygoers feel like stars for the night as they posed with a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like.

The gala dinner at the Hallmark Hotel Cheadle raised £40,000.

Performers from Cadmans Dance School, Sale, evoked the golden age of the silver screen with an All That Jazz number. Guests were serenaded during their starters by 'Marilyn'.

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The Art of communication

11th July 2014

Seashell students are using art to help communicate with the world – and hoping to earn a qualifications at the same time.

Royal College Manchester students have some of the most complex disabilities in the country. They all have communication difficulties.

And now they are showing off their artwork at a public exhibition.

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Campout on campus for first Duke of Edinburgh expedition

11th July 2014

Seashell students have spent their first night under canvas for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

The 18 students between the ages of 14 and 22 were the first at the trust to undertake the bronze award expedition. The trust became a licensed Duke of Edinburgh's Awards centre earlier this year.

Helen Partington, Seashell Trust's Duke of Edinburgh's Awards manager, said: “I am bowled over by the achievement of every pupil and the fantastic team work from all the staff. They were clearly so proud.”

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Seashell swimmers make a splash at Great North Swim

11th July 2014

Three swimmers took the plunge for Seashell Trust at the Great North Swim.

The open water race in icy Lake Windermere attracted 10,000 participants this year.

Craig McNeil, despite being born with talipes - a condition formerly known as clubfeet, came 13th out of 4,000 in the one-mile race with a time of 21.42 mins

He raised £200. Craig's mother Wendy supports the trust's community swimming lessons.

Vicki Wiles, from global investment company and long-time Seashell supporter BNY Mellon in Manchester, took on the two-mile challenge for Seashell Trust.

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