It’s a Knockout fun to raise cash for specialist school build at Quex

The Knockout event will help Louie's parents raise cash for the specialist school and therapy centre build

Teams are invited to join an It’s A Knockout competition and help raise funds for a specialist school in Birchington.

Charity Louie’s Helping Hands is organising the event at Quex on August 4 as part of a fundraising bid to build The Llewellyn School and Nursery at the estate.

The therapy and education centre was granted planning permission in February.

The project involves moving The Llewellyn School Retreat from its current base in Margate to land at Quex Park.

The school is run by Sara Llewellyn with her husband Phillip from their home in Cliffe Avenue, Margate.

Sara Llewellyn and son Louie 

Sara set up the school to provide education for her son Louie and other children in a similar situation after the closure of the Royal School for the Deaf in December 2015. The John Townsend Trust, which ran it, went into administration.

The new build, which will initially cater for 20 children and 15 staff, will cost some £100,000 to complete.

The bid to raise the cash is being led by the Louie’s Helping Hands charity, initially set up as a fundraising page in 2012 by Louie’s godmother Tania Horn (nee Todd).

The latest event is the knockout day which will also include a competition for the best fancy dressed team, a bar, raffle, food, glitter and face painting from Facemefabulous and more.

Teams should be ideally ten in size and mixed. All participants must be 16 years and above.

There is an entry fee of £10 per team member and each team member is asked to raise a minimum of £60 in sponsorship.

Teams need to register on the day before 10.50am. The ‘It’s A Knockout’ competition will start at 11am with the event running until 4pm.

For all enquires and to request a booking form contact Tania on  info.louieshelpinghands@gmail.com or call 07702756476

The Big Build project is also shortlisted by Sainsburys Westwood Cross and Birchington Station Road to be their charity of the year.

This is open to public vote now until June 24. People can vote online or in store.

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