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Arley Hall shoppers will bring music into lives of disabled students

By on November 1, 2013

Grab some exclusive festive gifts and help bring music into the lives of severely disabled young people.

Blemain with Reims Norton in the tent
Arley Hall is holding its annual Christmas Shopping Spectacular to raise money for the Seashell Trust.

The charity educates and cares for children and young people with complex needs, including autism and communication disorders.

Art and music help the students make sense of a world which is frightening and confusing to them. Arley raises around £15,000 a year to fund all the charity’s extra-curricular music activities.

These activities are especially important for those students who cannot go home and continue to live at the Cheadle Hulme campus during the holidays.

This year Ros Hawley and Mark Fisher, Seashell Trust’s musicians-in-residence held a multi-sensory festival, one of the many events paid for by generous Arley shoppers.

Ros said: “Over the summer, students staying at Seashell Trust took part in a week-long sensory music festival, Seashell Caravan.

“Inspired by stories of old spice routes and silk roads from years past, students made festive decorations to decorate our very own yurt-style tent made of brightly coloured materials and joined in with music and drumming activities featuring sounds of music from all over the world.

“Smells of spices and brightly coloured sand to play in added to the sensory atmosphere, which was specially tailored to meet the needs of our students’ sensory and communication needs.”

Cayman Norton Seashell caravan

Centred around live music, the project was specifically designed for 1:1 or very small groups, enabling a high level of interaction and time for response.

Ros and Mark are looking to develop Seashell Caravan to provide a creative but relaxing environment for those able and disabled young people who need to have some quiet time during the Seashell Trust’s CADS holiday sports camps.

To help the charity carry on this great work, come and pick up some gorgeous gifts from the more than 50 stalls offering fine foods and wines, beautiful decorations, clothes, jewellery and accessories, home interiors.

The Champagne reception is on Monday, November 11, with shopping from 6-9.30pm. Tickets are £10 in advance/£12 on the night which includes a glass of champagne and canapés.

Shop the next day from 10am till 3.30pm for £5 on the door. Visit or contact Hannah on 0161 610 0170 for details.

Written and Submitted by Kathryn Dainty on behalf of The Seashell Trust

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