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Builder raises thousands of pounds to help youngsters at Chippenham special school

18 December 2013

An appeal to create a new playground at a Chippenham special school has been given a significant boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of Persimmon Homes Wessex.

The builder chose St Nicholas Special School as its charity of the year for 2013 and has raised an impressive £19,584.39 for its Playground Appeal.

Senior management from the house builder met with teachers and pupils to handover the money, which had been raised through various fundraising events including a glamorous black tie ball.

The money will go towards the charity’s Playground Appeal, which is also being backed by Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Millward. The appeal aims to raise £170,000 to rejuvenate the school’s playground with equipment that creates safe, secure and challenging spaces for the pupils to explore.

Steve Roche, managing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “We couldn’t be happier with the funds raised and we cannot thank everyone enough for their support.

“Everyone at Persimmon has been touched by the amazing work that St Nicholas does in our community and we are delighted that we have been able to help their appeal by raising nearly £20,000. We have seen at first hand the amazing work that St Nicholas does and their staff are really inspirational. The new playground will provide a truly positive experience for the pupils.”

Beverley Crone, fundraising manager for St Nicholas School, said: “We can’t thank Persimmon enough for their fundraising efforts. Without the support from those within our local community we wouldn’t be able to provide these much-needed facilities that enrich the lives of our pupils.”

St Nicholas School educates pupils with severe, complex or profound and multiple learning difficulties, providing a stimulating environment to help children maximise their full potential, whilst having fun.

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