K-Club Welcomes a Charity – The Seashell Trust

July 17, 2017

We are delighted to be supporting a charity – The Seashell Trust – and to have them on board as an honorary Associate of the K-Club!

Here Associate Rachel McCrystal gives you an overview of the amazing work done by the charity and why they areRachel McCrystal - The Seashell Trust looking to raise additional funds.

“The Seashell Trust is a children’s charity, founded in 1823 by two Manchester businessmen as a school for deaf children.  We enjoy the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen and are an Outstanding (Ofsted 2016) school and college based in Cheadle Hulme, where we provide education and residential care for some of the UK’s most profoundly disabled children and young adults.

Our students all have severe or profound learning disabilities as well as a combination of deafness, blindness, multi-sensory impairment, autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities.  Many have very rare syndromes or health conditions.  They all arrive at Seashell Trust with limited or no speech and so our staff, who are specially trained in developing different forms of communication, give them the tools they need to express themselves and be understood.


When young people can communicate, a world of possibilities opens up to them – and, of course, to their families.


The staffing costs to support each young person (some live with us 52 weeks of the year) are met by their local authority.  We currently have 130 students from more than 50 different local authorities.

All other costs are met through our own charitable fundraising.  This may be for anything from an adapted tricycle, a piece of specialist audiological equipment or even the development of 17 new four-bedroom homes, which we recently completed as a result of the first phase of our appeal.


An increasing need

Our ageing campus was built in the 1950s for students with far less complex disabilities than those who attend Seashell now.  As the UK sees more and more extremely premature babies successfully navigate their precarious early years, there will be an increasing need for specialist schools and care facilities equipped to support families whose children have multiple needs.


Phase 2 of our Transforming Lives Appeal will fund:

– New Royal School Manchester, together with new pool, hydrotherapy pool and hall/theatre

– National training and conference facilities for teachers and social workers

– Inclusive community sports facilities including a sports hall, fitness suite and all-weather pitch

– The UK’s first assessment centre and services for families with profoundly disabled babies

We would love to show you around our campus and introduce you to the children and young people whose lives have been transformed because of the generosity of Seashell Trust’s supporters.”
For more information about Seashell Trust, to arrange a visit, or to discuss fundraising, please contact Rachel McCrystal Rachel.mccrystal@seashelltrust.org.uk or call 0161 610 0100