Berkshire Community Foundation grants HEROS Charity £5,000 to provide an electric blind to create a new learning space.

HEROS Charity, an education provision for students with additional educational needs who aren’t thriving in a mainstream school environment, are delighted to accept a generous grant from the Berkshire Community Foundation. With this funding, HERO’s Charity will be able to purchase and install a new electric blind, which will enable and create a new learning space in the gallery of the existing indoor school. 

HEROS Charity is well known for rehoming and retraining former racehorses, however, in 2015 the HEROS education provision was added to the charity’s base at North Farm Stud, near Wantage. From 2015 the education department has continued to develop and grow and includes the newly launched HEROS Forest School. They now welcome 50 + students per week, who for a variety of reasons, are not suited to a traditional classroom setting.

The indoor arena at HEROS is used by the education department and of course, for retraining former racehorses. There is a first-floor gallery area in the arena and this space currently isn’t utilised to its full potential. The installation of the new electronic blind creates a new classroom area and this has been made possible by a generous donation from Wellington College, through the Berkshire Community Foundation.

The additional classroom space will allow HEROS to expand numbers and have more quieter learning spaces for the more anxious students attending the provision.

CEO and Founder, Grace Muir commented: ‘We are extremely grateful to the Berkshire Community Foundation and Wellington College for granting the fund for a new electronic blind to create an additional classroom in the arena gallery. We don’t like to see anything or any area, not functioning to its full potential at HEROS and it is fantastic that gallery is now going to be such a versatile space. Grants like these hugely help HEROS to continue the amazing work we are doing and to grow and develop to meet the demands of the young people in our area, that need an alternative to mainstream education.

Berkshire Community Foundation’s Community Impact Manager, Ellie Philpott commented ‘At Berkshire Community Foundation, we work to enable vibrant, caring and resilient communities by directing philanthropic funds towards charities that perform vital functions for local people. We are delighted to support HEROS in its important work and look forward to the positive impact enabled by this grant’.

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We could not continue our valuable work without the support of our many friends and donors, including corporate sponsors. Without their support many HEROS Charity fundraising events would not be possible; we are grateful to our sponsors for the opportunity their support provides in enabling us to take our fundraising activities to a wider audience.