HEADTEACHER Simon Graham is donating his own cash to help fund a new sports hall which will benefit the local community.
Staff at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Portsmouth city centre want to build a new state-of-the-art sports hall at a cost of £1.2m.
Although so far they have raised £1m, a further £200,000 is needed to build the hall, which will include full-sized badminton, basketball and netball courts and a dance studio.
And to help raise the money, headteacher Mr Graham will donate £500 of his own money.
He said: ‘To me that’s an awful lot of money.
‘My family will have to do without something.
‘We have had other families who have donated money.
‘We have got teachers giving up money but we don’t have a government who is willing to do the same which is frustrating.’
It comes as the school is preparing to celebrate its 50th birthday this year.
The new facilities will enable sport to take place all year round, as during exam times the current hall is often used for students to sit examinations.
‘The students just can’t do sports such as badminton, basketball or volleyball,’ Mr Graham added.
‘This new facility will mean that they are able to experience a wide range of sports.
‘The community will benefit from access to it.
‘We have got other small primary schools who will be able to use it at different times.
‘It’s not about making money for the school in the future.
‘The Olympic dream was about sport for all but how many people can afford it?
‘The students are enthusiastic about sport here at St Edmund’s.
‘If needs be, we will borrow the money, but that means that there’s less we can do in the future.
‘It’s a great opportunity for generations. It will last 50 to 60 years.’
Anyone who wants to make a contribution should call the school on (023) 9282 3766.