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Laleham Gap School celebrates grand opening of £30,000 play area

PUBLISHED: 13:54 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 November 2017

Laleham Gap School

Laleham Gap School

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Equipment includes a sensory trail with a sensory timber trail/ropewalk, two large bucket swings, two slides and an enclosed trampoline

Laleham Gap School Laleham Gap School

A Ramsgate special school celebrated the grand opening of a new play area on Friday, with £30,000 worth of equipment.

Laleham Gap School, which works with children with autistic spectrum and speech and language disorders, had worked tirelessly for years to secure the equipment, which the children themselves helped choose.

They include a sensory trail with a sensory timber trail/ropewalk, two large bucket swings, two slides and an enclosed trampoline.

The school had to overcome a number of obstacles to secure funding, which came from a £10,000 Big Lotto fund injection, as well as substantial donations from the rugby-inspired Wooden Spoon Society who sent Giles Hilton, one of their staunchest supporters, to cut the ribbon.

Kent Community Foundation also secured significant contributions from two charities: the Albert Burn’s Children’s Trust Fund and Kent Reliance Provident Society Fund.

These monies have been topped up by the fundraising from the school’s own summer fairs - one of which was match-funded by Barclays - coin drops at Asda and Waitrose and quiz nights.

Headteacher Les Milton said: “We are delighted by the new equipment. We love how much extra interaction there is between the children, and the staff, who all had smiling faces.

“I would like to give a massive big thank you all those who have contributed and it has been lovely welcome them to our grand opening.”

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