Smiles ga­lore at chil­dren’s new play area

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ANEW play­ground specif­i­cally for chil­dren with ad­di­tional needs has been built thanks to fundrais­ers.

The adapted play area has been com­pleted at Park Lane School, Mac­cles­field, a spe­cial­ist school for chil­dren with dif­fi­cul­ties with in­ter­ac­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

It means chil­dren can play in­de­pen­dently and safely, with equip­ment de­signed to suit their needs.

Tessa Han­ner­s­ley, early years foun­da­tions stage teacher, said: “It’s amaz­ing. The chil­dren are ab­so­lutely thrilled with it, it’s a joy.”

The play­ground, for chil­dren in the early years pro­gramme, boasts a range of equip­ment de­signed to help the chil­dren de­velop.

It in­cludes a seated swing, a tower slide, a grassed hill and a play house.

Tessa added: “Be­fore, the space was very un­der­used and not re­ally fit for pur­pose. Now it is ab­so­lutely won­der­ful. It’s been specif­i­cally built with our pupils in mind and gives them free­dom for in­de­pen­dent ex­plo­ration.

“We’ve got these lovely raised beds which are wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble, and we’ve put some port­holes in the gates so the chil­dren can look out and see be­yond the play­ground.”

The park, which cost £25,000, was funded thanks to char­i­ta­ble ef­forts of sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing staff mem­ber Suzie McNulty, who rasied spon­sor­ship money by trekking up Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, fundrais­ing by the Friends of Park Lane Spe­cial School (FOPLSS)Char­ity, and a do­na­tion from Low­er­houses Con­sul­tancy.

It also in­cludes a £10,000 do­na­tion from Mor­risons.

Head­teacher Lor­raine Warmer said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to see the pupils learn­ing so much and hav­ing fun ac­tiv­i­ties in the new out­door play area.

“Pre­vi­ously the space was not fit for pur­pose and we are so grate­ful to Mor­risons and all the FOPLSS fundrais­ers for mak­ing the new play­ground pos­si­ble.”

Mari Hem­s­ley, from Mor­risons in Poyn­ton, said money came from the sale of car­rier bags af­ter the com­pul­sory 5p charge was brought in.

She said: “We de­cided to keep that money sep­a­rate and cre­ate as spe­cial fund for the com­mu­nity. We were very happy to be able to help.”

The Friends’ next project is to re­fur­bish the hy­drother­apy pool and build a play area for older pupils. If you can help con­tact ad­min@park­lane. cheshire.sch.uk or call 01625 384040.

Pic­tures: Andy Walker Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● The new play­ground at Park Lane Spe­cial School be­ing of­fi­cially opened and chil­dren on the equip­ment (be­low)

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