Hornchurch primary school trying to raise £100,000 for new playground
PUBLISHED: 12:50 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:21 19 April 2018
Parents, teachers and pupils from Harrow Lodge Primary School are trying to raise £100,000 to make their dreams come true of having a brand new playground.
Children and teachers at a Hornchurch primary school have set themselves a target of £100,000 to build a new playground.Children at Harrow Lodge Primary School,Rainsford Way have just a concrete area to play on at lunchtime and break time.
Now they are hoping to raise enough money to build a brand new area with climbing frames and slides.
In a bid for donations they have written letters to businesses and members of the public to try to raise the money.
They have also held non-school uniform days and summer and Christmas fairs in a bid to raise money.
Deputy headteacher at the school, Lynette Searle said: “The teaching and the commitment of the staff in the school is outstanding.
“They just want their children to have the same opportunities as children in other schools, with regard to playground equipment.
“It would mean the world to children to let off steam by climbing and jumping or resting in quiet and reflective corners.
“The families which come to our school are loving and committed parents, and do all they can to support the school.
“There is little money for extra resources such as playground equipment.
“Which is why we started this drive to raise funds to pay for our children’s dreams.
“We have started a GoFundMe page and we will start selling ice creams in the playground.
“Further ideas in the pipeline include raffles and sky diving.”
Victoria, seven wrote: “I like playtime but all the time I just play the same game every day with my friends. My dream would be if we could have a climbing frame and a slide so we can play around at break-time and lunchtime.”
Sidney, eight said: “Most of the time I love playtime because I can tell jokes to my friends and we can run and chase each other around by I would love to have a multi-stage area or a climbing area. This would be amazing because we would have something fun to do at playtime and we could put on shows for our friends if we are bored. The climbing area would be fun because we can play and get fit.”
Amanda Hayward, whose eight-year-old son Ben goes to Harrow Lodge School and is a member of the school’s PTA told the Recorder: “It would mean the world to the children for them to have a new place to play at lunch time.
“You can see from the letters how much it would mean to them, and I know it is alot of money but I am really hopeful that we can get the support behind us and we can raise it.
“It isn’t going to happen overnight but fingers crossed we can raise as much as possible.”
To donate to their campaign visit https://www.gofundme.com/harrow-lodge-primary-playground
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Romford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.