Primary school in Cheshire welcomes donation.
14 June 2023
An Ellesmere Port primary school has received a donation of £1,000 from Persimmon to aid children’s physical development and communication and language skills.
Christ Church Primary School in Ellesmere Port applied for funding through our Community Champions scheme.
The COVID pandemic significantly impacted children’s education and opportunities across the country and many pupils now many start school with limited physical development and language skills.
Providing children with outdoor space is vital to their development and allows them to explore and learn. The grant from Persimmon will be used to develop outdoor role-play areas so the children can build their communication language skills and core muscles.
Rebecca Randles from Christ Church Primary School said: “Over the past year, the children have fundraised through various methods, such as creating tie-dye t-shirts to sell growing plants to sell. But, unfortunately, we haven’t raised enough to get them any equipment for outside yet.
“We are so thrilled to be given the money to develop our role play and outdoor areas. The children thrive outside and love to learn out there in all weathers! We have been working really hard on developing the children's communication and language, which underpins everything we learn in EYFS. The money will help us develop this area so that the children have more language-rich experiences. Thank you so much!
“We’re really grateful for the donation, which will enable us to complete the project and enrich our children’s education.”
Over the last two years, Persimmon has donated over £1.5 million to charities, community groups and local organisations via its Community Champions. Donations of up to £6,000 are available to local community and charitable groups every quarter, with applications received via the Community Champions website.
Karl Wiseman, Deputy Regional Chairman at Persimmon, said: “At Persimmon, we understand the importance of local communities. We believe in the strong connection between our roots and the things we can go on to achieve. Our Community Champions scheme is just one way we look to deliver a positive legacy in the places we operate.
“The pupils at Christ Church Primary have done a fantastic job at fundraising for their new outdoor space and we’re delighted to be able to give them the necessary funds to complete the project.
“We hope that the new outdoor role play space will have a real benefit to the pupils and future generations of students who come through the school.”