Appeal for local businesses to support Halloween fundraiser for special needs school

27 October 2015

A school for children with special educational needs is asking local businesses to support their fundraising efforts this Halloween.

The Forest School in Knaresborough is holding a Halloween Disco and is appealing for local businesses to help them make it a success by donating raffle prizes.

Tickets have already sold out for the event at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate, which has offered the venue for free in support of such a good cause. It is set to welcome 300 children from schools across the district for an afternoon of ghoulish fun on Saturday, 31 October 2015.

One of the organisers, Sarah Shaw, whose son Joe attends Forest, said:

We’re hoping to raise £1,500 which would be a fantastic contribution to the school who give such amazing care, education and support to children like Joe. We are lucky to have this excellent provision in our area and organising the party is my way of saying thank you.

We’d be absolutely delighted if there are any businesses in the district that would be willing to offer prizes for our raffle and help us reach our fundraising target. If anyone would like to contribute Halloween decorations or treats for the children to help the party be a huge success that would also be much appreciated.

The Forest School supports the learning of children aged three to 16 years from across the Harrogate area. Pupils have a wide range of conditions such as ADHD, hearing impairment, Downs Syndrome and autism, and 94% have speech, language and communication needs.

In June, the school was ranked Outstanding in a report by Ofsted.

For more information or to donate a prize to the raffle, please contact Sarah Shaw 07931 375 686 or

Alternatively, please deliver prizes directly to the Crown Hotel.

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