Added on: 13th September, 2017 by Caroline_9383
Fundraising to provide a new fitness trail and outdoor play equipment at a Newbury school for deaf children has been given a boost thanks to a regional builder.
Persimmon Homes Thames Valley chose the Mary Hare School for deaf children to become one of its monthly Community Champions. The school received a £1,000 match-funded donation for their appeal to improve facilities for the pupils.
The school, in Snelsmore Common, runs a self-funding youth club which is raising money to provide outdoor play equipment and a new fitness trail.
Anne Munby, spokeswoman for the school, said: “We hope the new facilities will be a real boost for the children’s wellbeing and fitness and are delighted that Persimmon Homes has decided to support us in this way.
“We have 230 deaf children from all over the UK and 90 per cent are residential, so having things to do at the weekends is essential. The overall cost for the equipment and ground preparation is £10,000. So far, the students and staff have raised £3,000 by doing a sponsored walk and holding a summer fair with more events planned for the autumn term. Persimmon’s help is greatly appreciated.”
Martyn Clark, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said: “It is clear that the Mary Hare School provides tremendous support for its pupils and their new fitness trail will no doubt be enjoyed by their pupils. We are delighted to be able to support their project.”
He added that Persimmon Homes Thames Valley receives a large number of worthy applications each month for the Community Champions scheme, and urged charities who were not successful to apply again by visiting www.persimmonhomes.com/charity