STAFF and children at Bromsgrove’s Chadsgrove School are celebrating after scooping a £25,000 grant.
The cash award from the OneFamily Foundation means work can now start on transforming the school’s playground into a new and exciting outdoor community area. The school is passionate about providing the best facilities for its 120 pupils who all have special physical needs.
The outdoor playground is in desperate need of a revamp so it can provide a safe and inclusive play area for the pupils, their siblings and children in the wider community.
The wheelchair-accessible areas will include sand pits, a mirror and music and the playground will also be resurfaced to make it safe for all who use it.
Chadsgrove headteacher Deb Rattley said: “This project is going to have a huge impact on the pupils in the school and the children in the wider community, providing them with an environment where they can play as independently as possible, enabling them to learn, socialise, relax, and most importantly have fun.
“It’s very exciting, the work can now start. “We want to say a huge thank you to both the OneFamily Foundation for their generosity and the public for voting for our project.”
OneFamily customer Carolyn Russell, nominated the Chadsgrove project which then triumphed following a public vote. She said the result was fantastic news.
“When my daughter started working at the school last year, I was really impressed with what a fantastic place it is and how much good work they do.
“The wheelchair accessible playground has always been a dream of the school but sadly, out of financial reach.
“When I received information about the OneFamily community awards, I knew that this was the ideal way to raise the funds and thanks to the amazing support of the local community, the school’s dream has finally been realised.”
OneFamily is a mutual organisation providing investments, savings, health and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life.
As it is customer-owned, the foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits and intends to make £5million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. Anna
Drabble, OneFamily’s head of community, said: “We are delighted to award our largest amount of community funding to Chadsgrove School. “It will help create a fantastic outdoor space for the benefit of both the school and the surrounding community.”
Visit https://foundation.onefamily.com/ for more on the scheme.
There is a second round of funding for grants where £25,000, £15,000 and £5,000 will be up for grabs – the for that will be September 1.
Visit https://foundation.onefamily.com/community-awards/ to find out more and how to apply.