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A Special View for Special needs

Written by on July 16, 2020

From our reporter JASON RUSHWORTH

West Cumbria Schools are set to get a free gift. The Charity Scopes4SEN is working to provide free telescopes and other astronomy tools and materials for special educational needs schools and hospitals around the UK. Cumbria will be the first ever recipient thanks to our great sky’s and low light pollution.

Parkside Academy, Barrow in Furness Cumbria will get theirs this week. With schools here in West Cumbria able to apply from today.

Joanne and Patrick Poitevin the directors of the registered charity tells St Bees Community Radio that:
“Over the years, we have travelled all around the world to view solar eclipses, Venus and Mercury transits and much more besides. As time went by, because we enjoyed it so much, we felt that children with special educational needs (SEN) and vulnerable adults should also be given the chance to look through a telescope and explore the Moon, the planets and the stars. Because astronomy equipment is expensive, many schools and colleges are unable to afford even a fairly basic telescope. We started the project “Scopes4SEN” some three years ago to give children with special needs the chance to stargaze with their own telescope at their school or college.”
Organisation here in West Cumbria who are involved in helping special needs children can apply on this website

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