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Parents’ efforts pay off as pupils net new play area

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Fund-raising is proving to be child’s play for purposeful parents.

Lucky pupils at Morpeth All Saints First School in Lancaster Park now have new outdoor equipment to play with, thanks to their parents and teachers’ organisation.

The Friends of Morpeth All Saints (FOMAS) have provided a wooden climbing frame, complete with four forts, bridges and two slides.

The £3,000 kit was paid for through various fund-raising activities, as well as a £500 donation from local business Clifton Engineering, which is based in Coopies Lane Industrial Estate.

FOMAS Chairman Sarah Alexander said: “We carried out a questionnaire last year and the overwhelming feedback was that parents would like to see more outdoor play facilities at the school.

“This has been a long time in the planning so we’re delighted that the pupils are now using and enjoying it.

“We are grateful to all the parents who have supported FOMAS events and of course to Clifton Engineering for its generous donation.”

Clifton Managing Director Andrew Pearson was a former pupil of the school and his daughters Martha and Nancy currently attend.

He said: “This was a great opportunity for our business to support Morpeth All Saints and FOMAS. Perhaps we may even see some pupils apply for our apprenticeship scheme in a few years’ time.”

The play equipment was built by Building Maintenance Wizards.

FOMAS raises money throughout the year with events such as non-uniform days, cake sales, raffles, a summer fair, craft clubs and discos.

This year alone, it has raised cash for iPads, books, outdoor toys, classroom furniture and other resources.

It will continue the fund-raising work with a tombola at Morpeth Fair Day on Sunday, June 8.

 

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