Special School Youngsters Release 500 Pink Balloons To Help Celebrate A Special Anniversary

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Special School Youngsters Release 500 Pink Balloons To Help Celebrate A Special Anniversary

17th May 2013

BALLOONS fill the sky above Tyneside as youngsters mark a milestone anniversary. Children from Hadrian School in Newcastle joined with law firm Irwin Mitchell which is 10. Irwin Mitchell's regional hub opened on Grey Street in May 2003 with 10 staff.

Now, a decade on, the firm is going from strength-to-strength and to honour the occasion staff enlisted the help of youngsters at Hadrian School, which teaches children with disabilities, to release 500 balloon.

There is a prize for the person who tracks down the balloon which has travelled the furthest.

Anyone who finds one should contact Irwin Mitchell to let them know when and where they found it and the winner of the balloon which travels the furthest will receive a Kindle.

John Davis, the firm's regional managing partner, said: "Supporting children with disabilities like those at Hadrian School is something that's close to all our hearts at the Newcastle office and we couldn't think of a better way to mark our milestone 10th anniversary than joining forces with the school.

"The event was a lot of fun and it was great to hear the shrieks of laughter from the children when the balloons were released.

"It was also another opportunity for us to help boost the Chronicle Sunshine Fund and to champion the work they do to help disabled children in the region."

The Sunshine Fund, which provides specialist equipment to children with disabilities, special and mainstream schools, hospitals and organisations throughout the region, has close links with both Irwin Mitchell and Hadrian School.

Christopher Rollings, headteacher at the school which teaches children with a range of complex and severe learning difficulties, told of his pride.

He said: "We are really honoured to be involved in the company's 10-year anniversary celebrations - it's a great milestone and I know that during that time the firm has helped support many people, and their families, dealing with disabilities.

"Everyone at the school had a great time and the weather was on our side which is always a bonus."

Caroll Pattison, fund director at the Sunshine Fund, added: "It was wonderful to give something back to Irwin Mitchell for the support they give to us.

"The balloon release was a great way to introduce Irwin Mitchell staff to the children we support at Hadrian School plus it was fab to see the excitement on the children's faces."

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