Pupils net outdoor climbing equipment

A new climbing frame is installed at Whalton First School. 'REF 2703152022
A new climbing frame is installed at Whalton First School. 'REF 2703152022
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A new climbing frame is the icing on the cake for pupils after they found a recipe for fund-raising success.

Whalton First School has taken delivery of the outdoor play equipment, thanks to support from the whole village. Contributions were made by Whalton Parish Council, the Parent Teacher Association, Whalton Village Show and private donations.

But one of the most successful funding streams has been the school’s unofficial feeding station for participants in the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge.

The stall sells food made by pupils, parents and staff, as well as water donated by local businesses, and it has become a favourite stop for cyclists taking part in the non-competitive 34, 64 and 106-mile rides through Northumberland.

Last year it raised £500 for the school, and when it returns for a fifth year in June pupils are hoping for an even bigger sum.

Julie Potter, from the school, said: “Parents’ and children’s enthusiasm for the Virgin Money Cyclone has grown and grown. It’s on our calendar every year and is something everyone can get excited about and support.”

The climbing frame was opened by members of the community and Virgin Money Head of External Communications Brian Giles, with a French breakfast served up to celebrate.

New Headteacher Nichola Brannen said: “I have heard so much about this day and the atmosphere generated by everyone coming together. I feel very privileged to be a part of the festival this year.”

A new climbing frame is installed at Whalton First School (left to right-back three) Brian Giles from Virgin Money, Nichola Brannen-Headteacher, Penny Norton-Parish Councillor and (front) Peter Harrison from Virgin Money Cyclone.'REF 2703151991

A new climbing frame is installed at Whalton First School (left to right-back three) Brian Giles from Virgin Money, Nichola Brannen-Headteacher, Penny Norton-Parish Councillor and (front) Peter Harrison from Virgin Money Cyclone.'REF 2703151991

I feel very privileged to be a part of the festival this year.

Nichola Brannen, Headteacher
A french breakfast at Whalton First School. 'REF 2703152031

A french breakfast at Whalton First School. 'REF 2703152031

A new climbing frame is installed at Whalton First School (left to right-back three) Brian Giles from Virgin Money, Nichola Brannen-Headteacher, Penny Norton-Parish Councillor and (front) Peter Harrison from Virgin Money Cyclone.'REF 2703152007

A new climbing frame is installed at Whalton First School (left to right-back three) Brian Giles from Virgin Money, Nichola Brannen-Headteacher, Penny Norton-Parish Councillor and (front) Peter Harrison from Virgin Money Cyclone.'REF 2703152007