Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Supported by: Gallagher


The Pied Piper Appeal have been involved with The Milestone School for many years supplying minibuses, hoists, sensory rooms etc. to make a difference to the 300 + disabled children that attend every day in term time.

It is one of the largest special schools in the UK and has been judged “outstanding” by Ofsted. The majority of the pupils have severe learning difficulties or autism and many face the additional challenges of severe and complex medical conditions and physical disabilities.

Two years ago the school launched an appeal to build a new centre incorporating a large hydrotherapy pool with exciting therapy and sensory equipment, facilities for physical therapies, rebound therapy and soft play as well as an all ability out door play and sports area. During the day in term time the 300 + children at the school will have the use of all of the facilities once the new centre is complete. It will be a state of the art centre for disabled children in Gloucestershire and in the evenings and holidays the centre will reach out to the wider community. This will include children with disabilities such as muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, who attend other schools and colleges, pre-school children as well as adults with painful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and people recovering from joint surgery and injury.

The new centre will offer much needed facilities for people on local authority ‘short breaks’, needing an exciting venue to spend a few hours with friends. Respite care is in short supply in Gloucestershire and will be an extremely valuable resource for families needing respite care.

The new centre’s Atrium will contain a café, providing work experience for pupils of the school, a space for young enterprise projects and a fully accessible meeting place for the people of Gloucestershire giving the centre a real Community atmosphere.

One of the centre’s main functions outside school hours will be to encourage integrated activities such as scouts, guides and youth groups suitable for young people of all levels of ability.

The Pied Piper Appeal were one of the first organisations to pledge funds towards the new centre at the school
and additional funding is required to enable the trampolining, rebound and soft play areas to be completed.

Project Video

The Pied Piper Appeal

Moment of Pride

The Pied Piper Appeal have done amazingly well by raising £500,000 to date for the new centre and with additional funding the trampolining, rebound and soft play areas can be completed by December 2019.

Location: Longlevens