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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Choir kicks off World Cup fundraising for Seashell Trust

12th June 2014

North West school children are daring to dream their World Cup song will score a lot of money for Seashell Trust.

The Everycolour Choir are hoping their song Dare To Dream is a hit with fellow pupils as Brazil kick off the World Cup 2014.

Project leader John Conibear said: “Dare To Dream is specially written for primary schools. With inspiring lyrics, a catchy tune and even a chant, it is a great way to keep your school cheering on England in Brazil.”

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Volunteers give and gain in Seashell gardens

02nd June 2014

Volunteers from law firm Addleshaw Goddard and PZ Cussons visited Seashell Trust for Give and Gain Day.

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Team Seashell crosses line with £10,000 from Manchester 10K

28th May 2014

Profoundly disabled students from Seashell Trust took part in the Manchester 10K.

The five athletes, Ryan Doxy, Daniel Curtis, Scott Fletcher, Ballal Arfeen and Emma Tonna, were supported by 11 staff on the route.

Our students have some of the most complex disabilities in the country, including autism, visual and hearing impairment, learning difficulties and comunication disorders.

We had a record 53 runners from one company, financial firm BDO, raising money for it after staff volunteered at our Cheadle Hulme campus.

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Come on a CADS adventure this summer

27th May 2014

Seashell Trust is looking forward to the eleventh year of its groundbreaking CADS summer holiday clubs supported by the Peter Harrison Foundation.

It is going to be adventure all the way for 5-16-year-olds, whether disabled or able-bodied.

We are once again hosting activities over the summer break and it is never too early to book.

Adventure Day on Thursday, August 14, from 10am-3pm, will include orienteering, climbing, archery and team building activities. Cost £20

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Cyclists battle hail and gales to raise £5,000

27th May 2014

Over 60 riders braved freezing conditions to take part in the first Seashell Trust cycle challenge.

With a choice of three routes ranging from 15 to 60 miles, cyclists hit the roads to raise £5,000 for our students.

The full-length course took in the beautiful countryside of three counties - Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire before returning the Seashell Trust campus.

Wendy Bray, Seashell Trust fundraiser, said: “Despite the weather, it was still stunning and a real challenge even for good riders. Lots of people say they would love to do it again next year.”

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Bringing in the new year, Thai-style

13th May 2014

Royal School Manchester students welcomed in Thai New Year with art and dance.

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King's School raises £2,500 with the help of Harry

27th April 2014

A 12-year-old brother of two Royal School Manchester students inspired a school to raise £2,500 for Seashell Trust.

When Harry Norton started at the King's School Macclesfield last September, he spoke to the whole school in an assembly to explain how the charity cares for not only his brothers but supports his whole family too through difficult times.

His brothers Caymen, six, and Reims, 13, both have a very rare form of drug-resistant epilepsy that has affected their development, leaving them with autism, physical and learning disabilities. They need round-the-clock care.

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