SeaShell Trust Celebrates Birthday


A 195-year-old Cheadle Hulme children’s charity is celebrating ten years of being known as the Seashell Trust.
It had expanded its original remit to such an extent it needed a new name to reflect its 21st Century role working with children affected by some of the most complex disabilities.
In November 2008, the charity, now a national centre of excellence in care and special education, took inspiration from its long-term heritage logo – the conch shell, with the shape of the cochlear or inner ear.
Jolanta McCall, chief executive and principal of Seashell Trust, said: “I am intensely proud to be leading our charity in this tenth year as Seashell Trust.
“I would like to pay tribute to staff who have supported young people with some of the most complex needs to unlock the world around them and to live safe, happy and independent lives.
“The day when a child or young person arrives at Seashell is the day that everything starts to change.
“Our specialism in communication has given students the skills they need to express themselves, make decisions and become more independent.
“With our support, children and young people have learned to engage with others, including their families, often for the very first time.”
Over the past decade, the specialist team has expanded to more than 500 staff including speech and language therapists, audiologists, physiotherapists, teachers, swimming instructors and residential care workers.
Students benefit from all-inclusive sports facilities, specialist therapy as well as staff with expertise in autism, multi-sensory impairment and behaviour management.

Cheadle Hoaxer Threat to ‘Blow Up’ Cheadle Heath Police Station
A telephone hoaxer threatened to ‘blow up’ Cheadle Heath and three other police stations.
Ryan O’Keefe, 35, used a phone booth to ring emergency services three times in the space of an hour threatening to use nail bombs or pipe bombs.
O’Keefe’s offences last month were aggravated by Manchester being on ‘’high threat’’ alert following the Arena terror attack in May last year which killed 22 people at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, Stockport Magistrates’ Court heard.
O’Keefe, from Cheadle admitted making hoax bomb calls and was freed and told to get treatment for his alcohol issues.
O’Keefe was sentenced to 26 weeks jail suspended for 18 months.
He was also ordered to complete a 12-month alcohol treatment order and pay £200 in costs.