CHILDREN at a North Yorkshire primary school got a surprise donation to start the new term.

A charity called Selby Hands Of Hope (SHOH) visited Hemingbrough Primary School to donate an iPad to five-year-old Lewis Wilkinson, a pupil with special needs. But on the day it was not only Lewis who got a tablet computer, but the charity donated two more iPads and four Kindles to the school which has about 191 pupils.

Head teacher Sarah Chappell said: “It was a complete surprise. We knew they were coming in to see Lewis but when they said they had an extra surprise we couldn’t believe it. I’d like to say just how much the school appreciates this and just how blown over we have been.

“I know that the iPad will be great for Lewis and the other devices which were donated will be put to good use teaching the children about different forms of technology and we will be able to use them in maths and English lessons.”

SHOH was set up in 2009 as a charity helping good causes in the Selby district. Founder and chairwoman of SHOH, Wendy Singh, said they heard about Lewis through his social worker and decided that he would be helped by having an iPad.

She said: “I know that both Lewis and the school are very grateful for their tablets and it was wonderful to be able to give them this special gift. The school has a lot of children who are statemented, with special educational needs, and yet it manages to integrate them into classes very well and has one of the best Ofsteds in the district, so they are more than deserving.”