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Bakewell school unveils new play space

Added on: 4th September, 2018 by Ross_24465

Bakewell school unveils new play space

Nadine O’Dowd, sales director at Persimmon Homes North Midlands, joins Gemma Harvey, Headteacher at Longstone Primary School, and pupils from the school at the unveiling of their new climbing frame.

Last Updated:
Tue, 4 September 2018

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Children at a school in Bakewell will be scaling new heights this school year after the wraps were taken off an outdoor play area.

Longstone Primary School’s new space was installed with the help of leading UK housebuilder Persimmon Homes, who backed the school with a £1,000 donation courtesy of its monthly Community Champions scheme.

The national campaign, which has donated more than £2million to charities across the country, gives away up to £2,000 each month to good causes in Derbyshire.

The school, based just off Main Street, had been looking to raise £15,000 for the new play space, which includes a state-of-the-art climbing frame.

Gemma Harvey, Headteacher at the school, was thrilled when Persimmon’s funding meant they reached their target: “We’re so pleased to unveil our new play space and can’t thank the team at Persimmon Homes enough for their generosity.

“We have a brilliant team in FOLS (Friends of Longstone School) that help us to raise funding through cake sales, barbeques and a Christmas bazaar.

“The pupils at our school are already making the most of the new equipment, which includes an impressive multiuse climbing frame and rope swings.”

Nadine O’Dowd, sales director at Persimmon Homes North Midlands, said: “It is important for us to support schools in the local area and this was a project we really wanted to get involved with.

“It was a pleasure to meet Gemma and the team at Longstone Primary School and we’re so glad our donation has helped make their plans a reality.

“We give away up to £2,000 to charities and community groups each month, and would encourage causes on our patch to come forward for a chance to win.”

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