Charities gift for school
Dated: 30 Apr 2012
Youngsters are enjoying a special playground gift - thanks to a donation from the Northumbria Police Charities Fund.
Children who attend Columbia Grange School in Washington, which caters for pupils with autism spectrum disorder and severe learning difficulties, have received outdoor play equipment.
The fund has donated two pedal diggers and a tractor with trailers for the children aged two to 11 years to have fun in a new safe outdoor play area. The purpose built school has a newly built outdoor multi-purpose play areas, but needed more toys for the children.
The school requested the play equipment as many pupils have difficulty learning social skills which can make them feel isolated in mainstream play areas. This equipment based in their school will help them to develop social skills and enable them to enjoy playing safely alongside other pupils.
Neighbourhood officer PC Steve Grainger from Washington said: "We are pleased to hand over the outdoor toys which were very quickly put to good use in the play area. We hope the children will have years of fun using them."
The charities committee helps individuals, organisations and good causes throughout the Northumbria Police area.
Katherine Elliott, headteacher at Columbia Grange School said: “The school are delighted with the support they have been given from the Police Charities Fund and the children are making the most of the new equipment which is supporting the development of skills in co-ordination and turn taking.”
Pictured: Pupils at Columbia Grange have a set of new toys for their outdoor play area which were presented by the police. Pictured are left to right Paul Andre Charity Trust Northumbria Police, Paula Lockhart chair of governors and PC Steve Grainger. Photo courtesy of the Sunderland Echo