Blue Peter visit is a thrill for Swindon youngsters
BLUE Peter visited a Swindon secondary school yesterday to raise awareness of the creative textile work being done by a charity for disabled people.
The BBC children’s show’s newest presenter, Lindsey Russell, arrived at The Commonweal School shortly before 9am yesterday, and spent three-and-a-half hours filming with disabled pupils at the school.
Dressability, a Swindon charity which caters specifically for the clothing needs of disabled people, had attracted the cameras to Old Town following a donation from Children in Need last year.
Volunteers at the charity guided Lindsey and pupils through a range of products they had altered in order to make them easier for disabled children to wear, including a Swindon Town shirt split down the back and fastened with Velcro.
Lindsey, 23, said: “We have come here to support a fantastic charity, which adapt clothes for the kids here and others elsewhere.
“The kids took it really, really well.
“I tried on some of the clothes and you could already feel how strong the products were.
“I only live about 10 minutes away on the train, so it was extra nice for me to do some filming in such a local area to my home.”
Jamie Fairclouth, 13, a Year 9 pupil at Commonweal, took part in the filming. He said: “I am very excited to be on TV.
“I really enjoyed the questions that we got to ask.
“I asked about how they made the t-shirt and changed it to make it so usable.”
One of the 14 children involved in the filming was Vinnie Adams, 12, a year seven pupil, who received a Blue Peter badge like the rest.
He said: “It was amazing, it was just so cool.
“To be honest, I don’t watch Blue Peter much anymore, but I used to.
“When I was younger I saw the badges they gave out and I said to myself then I would get one. And now I have.
“I liked the ideas we got shown and I like that Dressability are going to get on TV because they are a good charity.
“They are helping kids and adults, but they just make people like me takes less time to get ready at home in the mornings.”
Danuta Janicka, a higher level teaching assistant at Commonweal, said: “The children have known for a couple of weeks the cameras were coming in, and the excitement was getting a little too much for some of them.
“They were all great today and acted perfectly with a charity we all know a lot about. If we can, we always direct parents to Dressability for clothing solutions.”
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