Housebuilder’s donation helps to fund new playground equipment for school


A school for children with special needs in Orpington has received a nice donation which will help it to transform its outdoor play area.

Riverside School, which offers support to children and young people with a range of complex needs, received a cheque from Bellway Thames Gateway to help kickstart the refurbishment of the school’s playground facilities.

Members of staff at the developer’s divisional office, off New Mill Road in Orpington, raised £1,000 through auctions, raffles and dress down days. Their efforts were then matched by the housebuilder, resulting in a donation of £2,000 for the school.

Sue Crane, School Business Manager at Riverside School, said: “We are so grateful that Bellway has chosen to make this generous donation to our school.

“The money will help to fund brand new equipment for our outdoor learning area, which will be extremely beneficial to the children.

“The children love learning in the outdoor environment, and they are already looking forward to using the new equipment when the refurbishment is complete.”

Emma Hamlett, Sales Director for Bellway Thames Gateway, said: “We are so pleased to be able to help kickstart the refurbishment of the school’s new playground facilities.

“At Bellway, we are committed to support the communities in which we build, so when we found out that Riverside School was in need of a funding boost, we were delighted to help.”

Bellway Thames Gateway is building homes across London, Essex and Kent.

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  • Getting behind Riverside School – left to right – Lynda Garwood, of Bellway, Sue Crane, Riverside School’s Business Manager, and Bellway’s Jemma Livesey

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