18 May Special days, special place
PUPILS now have even more reason to look forward to break-time, following a £18,000 boost from the Sunshine Fund.
Since their playground at Hadrian School underwent a huge transformation, with help from our charity, the children can’t wait for the end of class.
And the special school students can now all play together for the first time thanks to the introduction of specialist outdoor equipment.
The Friends of Hadrian School group has been busy over the past 10 years working to improve three play areas there but the needed equipment was hugely expensive.
The charity stepped in to help out with an adventure playground by replacing old equipment which was either unusable or condemned.
In addition to a climbing frame, slide and swings, the school in Bertram Crescent, in Newcastle’s West End, now has a wheelchair roundabout and a wheelchair-accessible water pit and sand pit which mean that those with a range of disabilities can mix properly with friends.
The revamp’s extra additions also include a sensory music panel and an adventure trail.
Photographs taken before and after the work in the grounds of the primary school show the scale of the improvements which are down to the fundraising efforts of supporters of the charity which has contributed £18,000 to its £25,000 cost.
The charity has also paid for iPads for each class to help pupils with their learning and communication skills.
Sunshine Fund manager Julieanne Kelly thanked all those who have made donations over the past few months which have made the work possible.
“Their help allows us to support many children with disabilities in the area,” she said.
“We were delighted to be able to support Hadrian School with funding so that all the children can access a play area. It’s great to see those with a range of disabilities able to have fun.”