Play area fund is boosted by firm’s £10,000 donation

PLAY TIME: School council members receive a cheque for �10,000, donated by Heritage Homes towards new play equipment at Peel Clothworkers School. Pictured are, centre, Peel Commissioners chairman Ray Harmer; foreground, Heritage Homes managing director Joe McLoughin; back, head teacher Simon Jones; Peel Commissioner Jackie O'Halloran and the school council

PLAY TIME: School council members receive a cheque for �10,000, donated by Heritage Homes towards new play equipment at Peel Clothworkers School. Pictured are, centre, Peel Commissioners chairman Ray Harmer; foreground, Heritage Homes managing director Joe McLoughin; back, head teacher Simon Jones; Peel Commissioner Jackie O'Halloran and the school council

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FUNDS for the Peel Clothworkers’ Primary School adventure playground have been boosted by £10,000 donated by Heritage Homes.

The primary school is the only school that has not got any play equipment.

The school hopes to reach a £40,000 target, which will enable the community as well as the school children to use the play equipment.

Peel Commissioners Ray Harmer said: ‘There is a need in Peel for more play areas for children. ‘By working together, particularly in this tough economic environment, where finances are tight, the aim is to achieve a play area for the benefit of the school and the whole community.’

As well as the £10,000 donated by Heritage Homes, the Peel Commissioners donated £5,000 and £7,500 has been donated from the school budget.

In addition £10,000 is being raised by the parents and friends of Peel Clothworkers School through organising discos and cake baking but further donations are needed to reach their target.

Head teacher, Simon Jones, is delighted with the amount of money that has been raised so far.

He said: ‘A big thank you to Heritage Homes, Peel Town Commissioners and the PTFA (Parent Teachers Friends Association) for their contribution. The new playground equipment will be a real asset to the school and community.’

Mr Harmer can see the benefits of the play equipment for the whole community and school children. He said: ‘Playground equipment gets children moving and having fun at the same time. It has social benefits in that children get to be around one another in a purposeful way and improves self-confidence for children.’

If the funds are raised it is hoped the first phase can be completed during this school year.

The first phase will see a small adventure playground be put in place.

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