YORKSHIRE businesses are being asked to help a local charity raise £600,000 for a new care home for children needing specialist education by pledging their support.

Doncaster Deaf Trust has launched its first major fundraising appeal to help them to raise the money needed to build a new care home.

 The Trust is part of this year’s Big Give and has from now until September 1 2017 to gather pledges of monetary support from businesses.

Alan Robinson, executive principal at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “We are appealing to businesses from across the region to pledge their support and help us to raise the money needed for a new care home.

“We need to get lots of pledges to progress to the next stage of the Big Give. If we hit our target the next stage is for online donations in the run up to Christmas.”

The Big Give has helped to raise £82m for UK based charities in the last ten years.

“Our care homes provide residential care for 52 weeks of the year for deaf children in care and for school children who need weekly or term time accomodation while they study at Doncaster School for the Deaf.

“We need a new modern care home to ensure that young people, with sensory impairments, are provided with the opportunity to learn in a specialist environment.

“Having a specialist education should be a right not a fight for children and our school provides children with the care and support they need to help them learn,” added Alan.

Doncaster Deaf Trust, comprises a nursery, school, college and care home.  The current care home provision is at Dickson House which provides accommodation for up to six children and the North Flat which caters for children and parents who need respite who often need one to one support.

Residents on the Doncaster Deaf Trust site have access to a wide range of facilities including 12 acres of playing fields, football pitches, tennis courts, a sports hall and a swimming pool.

Bobbie Roberts, chair of trustees at Doncaster Deaf Trust, said: “A new modern care home provides children in care with special requirements, with a safe, comfortable environment in which they can flourish and grow. These children need our support; we want to give them the best possible start in life and a place to stay that meets their needs while they are at school.

"The building will be a 12 bed home for children who are Deaf or hearing impaired.  It is important that children and young people who are coming to learn with us are offered a high quality of care and support in a nurturing and caring environment.  A new care home would allow us to meet the communication and emotional needs of even more Deaf children."   

To pledge your support to the campaign via The Big Give visit https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/pledge/doncasterdeaftrust