A SPECIAL school in Thurnscoe hosted an afternoon tea party last month to celebrate 75 years of a children’s charity.

Robert Ogden School is part of the National Autistic Society and care for pupils aged between five and 19.

They celebrated the Variety charity, which was brought to the UK in 1949 by HRH Prince Philip and supports disabled and disadvantaged children.

After receiving accessible transport in the form of a Sunshine Coach from the charity, staff and students of Robert Ogden School were delighted to host an afternoon tea party to celebrate the charity’s milestone year.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We at Robert Ogden School would like to say thank you to Variety, the children’s charity.

“Our students enjoy going out on the minibus, going to the park, shopping and swimming.

“These opportunities are invaluable to our students.

“We celebrated the Variety 75th anniversary by having a tea party in our main hall.”

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Variety’s events and community partnerships manager, Sarah Phillips, added: “We are thrilled that Robert Ogden School joined in our 75th anniversary celebrations.

“It’s a real milestone year for us at Variety.

“While we reflect on our history and how far we’ve come, we’re looking to the future and working to help more children than ever before.

“Schools like Robert Ogden are such an important part of the Variety family and it’s wonderful to see that everyone had such a fantastic time celebrating with us.”