JAMES McFarlane School in Ardrossan is hoping locals can chip in to buy them a magic carpet.

A magic carpet is a piece of technology which projects interactive images and games onto the floor, enabling children who are unable to operate a standard computer screen/mouse to fully interact with activities in a way which is great fun and which promotes their independence.

The activities on the magic carpet can also be operated using eye gaze technology which means children who use an eye gaze can get involved with the games and activities.

A magic carpet costs in excess of £8000, and the school are hoping to encourage individuals and small businesses to pledge to raise £100 each. They feel this is a more manageable amount which even individuals could hopefully raise.

Lesley Ward, Depute Head Teacher at James McFarlane, said: “We have already had a good response, with 41 people and businesses pledging to fundraise for us in all sorts of different ways.

“But need a little bit of support from the local communities to bump us over the halfway mark (we are hoping for 100 people to raise money).

“If we manage to raise enough money and purchase the magic carpet, our pupils would benefit massively from it - it doesn’t matter your age or ability, everyone can access a wide range of activities using the equipment.”

Every class within the school has pledged to raise £100 with staff and pupils working together to raise money in different ways. 

The youngest class, Primary A, designed and produced a sensory version of ‘elf on the shelf’ which they sold as packages for £10 each and they raised over £300.

Do you want to get involved? Contact the school on 01294 461370.