Sheffield special school sports gift

Year of sport: Eamonn Hunt and Nicola Kilner with headteacher Jane Vickers and children from Norfolk Park Special School.

Year of sport: Eamonn Hunt and Nicola Kilner with headteacher Jane Vickers and children from Norfolk Park Special School.

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CHILDREN at a special school in Sheffield who have missed out on sporting activities for more than a year are on their marks for 2013 - after being awarded £1,000 by a city charity.

Pupils at Norfolk Park Special School will be able to enjoy four months of sport sessions following the donation from Help A Child Have A Chance through its 12 Days of Christmas campaign, alongside The Star.

Jane Vickers, the school’s headteacher, said: “We are so grateful for this incredibly generous donation.

“Sadly, we have been without sport sessions for around 12 months due to a lack of qualified staff.

“The money will enable us to deliver sessions which the children enjoy so much.”

Eamonn Hunt, a trustee at the charity, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to help out with the needs of the school.

“In such a big sporting year, with the Olympics and Paralympics, the pupils at Norfolk Park Special School missed out on taking part in activities themselves.

“We hope this funding will provide those inspired by the games with many opportunities to get involved with sport.”

Help A Child Have A Chance has teamed up with The Star for the 12 Days Of Christmas campaign, offering young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

Grants from the charity pot are being given to 12 of the most deserving individuals or organisations across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

Nominations poured in, and now the successful nominees are being revealed every day.

The charity was set up by the family of the late Hallam FM DJ Dave Kilner.

Dave raised thousands by organising countless charity events, and the good cause was established to continue his legacy.

The DJ’s widow, Shirley Kilner, runs the charity along with daughters Rebecca and Nicola, as well as Eamonn Hunt and fellow trustee Martina Bradshaw.

For more details email info@helpachildhaveachance.co.uk or visit www.helpachildhaveachance.co.uk.

* See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.