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Builder's charity ball raises thousands for Chippenham special school

28 June 2013

Over £15,000 was raised at a charity ball in support of St Nicholas School in Chippenham.

Held at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel in Cirencester, the event was organised by Persimmon Homes Wessex who has pledged to raise funds for the special school throughout 2013.

The money will go towards the charity’s Playground Appeal.  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.

Funds were raised through a raffle and silent auction, which included prizes ranging from a nail gun to a Porsche and Ferrari driving day experience.  Guests were entertained by a live band into the early morning.

Beverley Crone, fundraising manager for St Nicholas School, said: “We can’t thank Persimmon’s employees and suppliers enough for their fundraising efforts.  Thanks to their generous donation we now have enough funds to buy a large canopy that will provide an outdoor learning space for children to use in all weathers.”

Steve Roche, managing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “We couldn’t be happier with the funds raised and thank everyone who attended for their generosity.  Everyone at Persimmon has been touched by the amazing work that St Nicholas does in our community and we hope that our efforts will create a positive difference to everyone associated with the school.”

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.

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