Local businesses have donated a huge sum to a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school.

Neil Barnes of Devondale Electrical Distributors joined forces with and Rob and Amy Stephenson at R N Stephenson Electrical Contractors in Bridport to undertake a series of fundraisers to raise money for Mountjoy School in Beaminster.

The thrill seekers completed a 15,000ft skydive, and organised a ‘huge’ raffle and bingo event, sponsored supermarket cycles and more, raising an impressive £6,465.

The money went towards the purchase of a Mobii mobile sensory projector for the students, which came with a sensory suite - a treasure trove of 300 activities and games with audio-visual effects designed to stimulate, engage and relax students.

The unit projects a motion-activated interactive surface onto the floor or different sized tables so that students can enjoy using their hands, feet, arms and body to understand cause and effect through fun activities, or to take part in a quiz covering a range of subjects.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Rob and Amy visited the school to see the Mobii in action and they watched students from Juniper Class perform a ‘show and tell’ assembly where they demonstrated what they could do with the unit.

“The assembly finished with a big thank you to the kind fundraisers from all the students and staff at Mountjoy.”

Staff and students are also creating their own activities to help to reinforce the curriculum.

Mountjoy headteacher Gill Howard said: “The mobile sensory unit is making a big difference to our students, sparking their curiosity and encouraging them to interact with their environment in a fun and educational way.”