House sales bring Portsmouth school playground one step closer

PLAYTIME! Pupils and staff from Solent Infant School in Farlington with Jane Munden, far left, and Andy Dean from Northwood estate agents who have pledge money to help build  a new play area.     Picture: Paul Jacobs (112173-1)
PLAYTIME! Pupils and staff from Solent Infant School in Farlington with Jane Munden, far left, and Andy Dean from Northwood estate agents who have pledge money to help build a new play area. Picture: Paul Jacobs (112173-1)

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AN ESTATE agent that pledged a cut from every house sold this year to an infants school has handed over a cheque for £1,000.

Staff and children at Solent Infants were thrilled to receive the donation from Northwood Portsmouth estate agents in Drayton, which will boost funds to revamp the school’s adventure playground.

The scheme was thought up by Northwoodsales manager Andy Dean and Helen Boswell, the chairwoman of the Friends of Solent Infant School.

Mr Dean said: ‘We are so pleased to be able to give this money to such a fantastic school. Most of us have children and we all value the importance of education in the earliest stages of life.

‘With the government cutbacks it’s not an easy time for schools to invest in projects, so we hope this money will help.

‘We’re looking forward to donating even more money later in the year.’

The full cost of the all-weather adventure playground, which will replace a worn outdoor area with wood chippings, is estimated at £10,000.

It will give all 270 children at the infants school the chance to experience exciting activities like crawling through tunnels and scaling climbing frames at break time as well as during lessons.

Jessie Churchill, seven, said: ‘Our play area is worn out and some bits are broken now so it will be really great to get a new one.’

Olivia Davies, four, said: ‘It’s so exciting. We’d love some bigger monkey bars to swing on.’

Demi Armstrong, six, added: ‘We need to save up a lot of money for our new adventure playground so it’s very kind of them to help us’.

Mrs Boswell said she hoped to raise enough funds to get started on the playground within two years.

She said: ‘Northwood has given us a fantastic head start and we’re delighted with the amount of money they have generously donated.

‘They love our school and have been very supportive of us for several years by sponsoring school fetes and donating raffle prizes.

‘Money is tight and we depend on fundraising to buy all the fun extras for our children. The playground is going to be a fantastic treat for them as it will give them a safe but exciting and stimulating play area.’