A Willington mum who wanted to give something back to the college which has given her daughter so much support has smashed her fundraising target.

Heather Bailey was determined to help The Seashell Trust’s campaign to purchase 12 sensory chairs for its 140 students, after seeing how her 20-year-old daughter Lizzie – who has multiple profound learning disabilities and epilepsy – has benefited from her time with them.

Heather held a coffee afternoon on Saturday (September 10), which raised £1,798.66, which will easily buy one of the £1,300 chairs.

Around 150 people turned out for event at Kelsall Community Centre.

“The hall was packed and there was a great atmosphere,” said Heather.

“We could not have put on the event without the support of our close friends who readily helped out in preparation and on the day.

“It means the world to us that Lizzie is known and loved within our community and it is so fantastic that so many people turned out to support her college.

“The Seashell Trust is a fantastic place and gives her many great opportunities.”

Alison Meggicks from Sir John Deane’s College and 13-year-old saxophonist Archie King provided musical entertainment.