Hastings Direct Staff Sign for Charity

2nd November 2010

Staff from Bexhill-based broker Hastings Direct will be tested on their new sign language skills by pupils from Bexhill-based St Mary's School this Thursday November 4th at high noon!

St Mary's School offers the highest possible standards as a non-maintained residential school for boys and girls who needed special care, therapies and education. Children come from across the UK to St Mary's which cares for and educates up to a maximum of 160 students aged between 7-19, all with speech, language and social communication difficulties and some with physical difficulties or complex medical needs.

The school was nominated by the staff of Hastings Direct as its charity of the year. In addition to fundraising, the staff also requested sign language classes to enable them to communicate with the children during school visits and fundraising events.

Weekly classes for Hastings Direct staff began on October 7th and now pupils from St Mary's will visit the company's offices to test the staff.

Gail Piling, CEO, St Mary's School: "We are delighted that St Mary's has been chosen as Hasting Direct's charity of the year. We have been really impressed by the positive relationship that is developing between us and the staff's commitment to learning how to interact with our students and pupils."

Jay Wootten, head of the charity committee, Hastings Direct: "When our staff supports a charity, it is not just all about money, we are keen to show support in as many practical ways as possible and for the pupils of St Mary's learning sign language is just one small but vital step."

St Mary's School employs over 250 staff and Hastings Direct over 900 and is Bexhill's largest employer.

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