- to Linden Bridge
The Right Honorable Chris Grayling MP joined staff, pupils, parents and supporters to celebrate the official opening of Linden Bridge School’s brand new primary playground this week.
The project has taken two years to plan and complete and the seemingly Herculean task of raising £60,000 has been faced head on by the Friends of Linden Bridge and a combination of charitable trusts. Fundraising activities have included a dragon boat race, sports day, summer fair and individual iron man challenges! The final cheque for £10,000 was presented at the opening by the Lord’s Taverners Charity and the Generations Foundation, who joined forces to helped Linden Bridge to reach their ambitious target.
Bradley Walton of Park Leisure worked closely with the school and the Friends of Linden Bridge to create a unique and bespoke multi play feature. The unit has been manufactured using robinia timber and high quality stainless steel designed to help promote active, safe play. Play is proven to improve children’s physical and mental health, help develop emotional responses and learning skills and improve basic numeracy and literacy. As the school’s Head Rachel Watt says ‘Play is such an important part of our children’s learning. We have now opened up a whole new space for play that will help them to develop their physical, social and friendship skills’.
Chair of the Surrey Lady Taverners, Brid Hancock, was delighted to hand over the cheque saying ‘Our Play Spaces Appeal aims to raise £250,000 to go towards creating spaces to play for children with disabilities, we will continue to help as many schools as possible and are delighted to help Linden Bridge’. Trustee of the Generations Foundation Stephen Finch added ‘As a local charity we are delighted to support local children’s projects’.
Chris Grayling is an avid supporter of the school, he said ‘Linden Bridge is a fantastic school and it makes a real difference to its students. This new playground is clearly going to be a lot of fun but it will also help the school in all the great work that it does’.