A north-east school for children with additional support needs is bidding to raise £25,000 to improve a vital facility.
Carronhill School in Stonehaven is looking to refit its sensory room – a specially designed place that helps pupils develop and engage with their senses.
The rooms often include lights, sounds, different colours and soft play objects.
They are designed to help children with a variety of different needs or disabilities.
Alison Thompson, chairwoman of the charity Friends of Carronhill School, said: “The sensory room is quite dated and could really do with an update.”
“What we are trying to do is to redo the whole room, which is a massive project,” she added.
“The whole thing would cost about £25,000. We have decided that we will do it in stages, beginning with a basic refurbishment and then a more enhanced refurbishment.
“Because we are so busy, the sensory room has fallen to the wayside for a long time.”
Alison, 46, whose son Craig is in primary seven at Carronhill, has thanked the local community for all their help in the ongoing project.
She said: “The Stonehaven community has been fantastic.
“A couple of years ago, Mearns Academy raised £3,000 for us, and we’ve had people take part in the Kiltwalk, cut off their hair to raise money, and we recently received some money from the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.
“The sensory room is crucial for the school.
“So many of the children use the room. If they need quiet time or need physiotherapy, then it is invaluable.
“The kids absolutely love it.”
Head teacher Katie Timney also thanked the community for their help in fundraising.
She said: “We are really grateful for the support of the local community in fundraising for the new sensory room at the school.
“It will make a big difference to all our pupils when it is ready for them to use.”