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Schools' outdoor projects boosted by generous donation

Added on: 25th July, 2017 by Samantha_10597

Schools' outdoor projects boosted by generous donation

Last Updated:
Tue, 25 July 2017

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Two Hampshire primary schools have each received cash grants of £1,000 from a leading housebuilder to help fund outdoor projects.

Mayhill Junior School at Odiham aims to transform an unusable grassy area into a central multi-use community hotspot, while Bramley Primary School is looking to improve their outside play facilities.

The awards have been made by Persimmon Homes Thames Valley as part of its Community Champions Scheme, a nationwide programme that each month sees the company’s 30 regional businesses donate up to £1,000 to two local good causes or charities.

Tom May, head teacher at Mayhill School, said: “Thank you so much Persimmon Homes. The grant will be used to significantly improve our outdoor space by buying monkey bars and apparatus, as well as contributing towards a bigger project where we hope to turn an unused space into a gardening and growing play area that the children can use independently.

“We would like to replace the existing waterlogged ground with artificial grass to ensure the area can be used throughout the year and plan to install picnic tables and a potting shed.”

Since receiving the Community Champions grant, Mayhill School has also received a £10,000 national lottery grant to ensure the very best design and equipment can be installed.

Mayhill is the main feeder school for children aged 7-11 whose parents work at RAF Odiham, and currently has 83 pupils from military families. The school wants the area to become a social meeting point to help new residents integrate into the community. Mayhill has, along with Buryfield Infant School, started wrap-around childcare meaning this new play area will benefit many local families.

Meanwhile, at Bramley Primary School, the funds will go towards purchasing new play equipment and seating as part of a £6,000 regeneration of the school’s playground and woodland areas.

Nicky Dann, joint chairwoman of Bramley Primary School’s PTA, said: “The staff and children have already organised some excellent events to raise money for the project, including a quiz night and an Easter Fun Day. “This donation has given us a real boost and will make an amazing difference to the experience of children in the school both currently and in the future.”

Martyn Clark, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Thames Valley, said: “Both of these projects are a brilliant way to bring together local communities.

“The multi-use area at Odiham will be beneficial to everyone in the town and we can’t wait to see how our donation helps to bring Mayhill’s ideas to life. Staff and parents at Bramley Primary School work hard to create a constructive environment for the children and we hope this donation will help with their project.”

He added that they receive a large number of worthy applications each month, and urged charities who were not successful to apply again by visiting

Persimmon Homes Thames Valley is currently building 138 new homes at its Oakland Heights development, located just outside of Odiham. And at Sherborne Fields, just outside Bramley, a selection of two, three and four bedroom homes are available.

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