School fundraising campaign gets a fancy dress boost

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2015

W - TWEA - Chapel Road Donation

A fundraising drive by Chapel Road School in Attleborough, Norfolk, to purchase outdoor learning equipment for its pupils has been boosted thanks to a donation from Taylor Wimpey East Anglia.

The site team at our Grosvenor Park development in the town held a fancy dress day that raised £220 for the Complex Needs School, which caters for children who have severe and profound learning needs.

Joanne Cox, Administration Officer at Chapel Road School, says: “It was all arranged by Taylor Wimpey, and it wasn’t until we got a call from the mayor of Attleborough, Karen Pettitt, to say that we’d been chosen to receive the funds raised that we knew anything about it, so it came as a complete surprise and we’re really delighted!

“We went down to Grosvenor Park with a couple of the children on the Friday to see all the costumes. Many of the site team were dressed as superheroes like Bananaman, Batman, and one was dressed as a prisoner with a ball and chain. There must have been about 20 to 25 of them that took part. It’s a fantastic gesture.”

The donation comes at an important time for the school, with a move to a bigger site in the pipeline meaning they need to raise funds for new equipment and facilities.

“Plans are in place to have a new school built about three miles away,” Joanne says. “And although the funding for the building itself has been secured, we need to raise money for a lot of extras including an outdoor learning/playground area with sensory equipment and features like swings and roundabouts with wheelchair facilities. We’re trying to raise £70,000 for this project so the donation from Taylor Wimpey will go towards that.

“This funding is very important to us because we’ve outgrown our current site, which was built in 1960 and is no longer fit for our purposes. We campaigned for a long, long time to get a new building approved because we desperately need more modern facilities and space to provide for our children’s needs. We can only take 63 pupils where we are now, but at the new site we’ll have enough space to boost our intake to 110.”

Caroline Carter, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build – and we had great fun sporting weird and wonderful fancy dress costumes in aid of Chapel Road School.

“We wish them every success with the move to their new premises, and hope the children enjoy using the new outdoor facilities.”

Grosvenor Park currently offers a choice of four and five-bedroom homes.