Teries answer the call and more after hugely successful appeal

THE response to an appeal to help children in the town with additional needs has been phenomenal.

Teries answered the call from the Wilton Centre back in October when it was hoped old mobile phones could be exchanged for an iPad as part of a national Hearts and Minds swapkit challenge.

They needed 165 phones for the iPad and 185 for the iPad and education pack, which has several apps to help children learn. And thanks to the generosity of locals they received 380 phones.

Coupled with an incredibly kind donation from former Teri Barry Scott, who now lives in Hong Kong; and Geraint Richards and Susan Keene from Allied International, they are now able to buy four iPads with protective cases and apps.

A bag-packing session in Morrisons has also boosted the coffers so they can afford more learning apps for the devices.

Rhian Duncan, principal teacher at the additional support needs centre at Wilton, who was behind the scheme, said: “It got off to a bit of a slow start. We’ve only 22 pupils here so there’s only so many old mobile phones could be handed in from family and friends.

“It seems like everybody in Hawick has been behind us.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for their kindness.”

The iPads will be used by the children who are non verbal or have limited speech to help them communicate effectively.